About Releasing and Renewing an IP Address in Windows 8
Releasing and renewing dynamic IP addresses is a concept of Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server. Releasing and renewing IP addresses means to replace the currently assigned dynamic IP address by obtaining a new one for the DHCP client computer.
When DHCP server assigns an address to a client computer for the first time, it provides the IP address for specific time, technically known as ‘lease duration’. As soon as 50% of the time of lease duration lapses, the client computer automatically sends a request to the DHCP server to renew assigned IP address.
However, in some organizations administrators might want to change their existing IP address scheme assigned by a DHCP server. In such cases, administrators must renew the previous IP addresses assigned to the client computers. To achieve this task, administrators must first release the current IP address using a command. Once this is done, another command must be executed to get a new IP address.
Releasing and Renewing an IP Address in Windows 8
To release and renew an IP address in Microsoft Windows 8 computer, follow the steps given below:
- Log on to Windows 8 computer with the account that has elevated privileges.
- Click Desktop tile from the Start screen to go to the desktop.
- Once on the desktop screen, hover mouse to the bottom right corner of the window.
- From the displayed options, click Search.
- On Search pane in the right, make sure that Apps category is selected.
- In the Apps field, type CMD.
- From the displayed result on the Apps window, right-click Command Prompt.
- From the displayed advanced options at the bottom of the window, click Run as administrator.
- On the displayed User Account Control confirmation box, click Yes to provide the consent to open the command prompt window.
- On the opened command prompt window, type IPCONFIG /RELEASE command and press Enter key to release the currently assigned IP address.
- In the same command prompt window, type IPCONFIG /RENEW command to obtain the dynamic IP address automatically from the DHCP server.
- Once obtained, press Enter key.
- Close command prompt window when done.