CHANGE IP WINDOWS XP

How to Change IP Address in Windows XP

Several different ways of changing your IP address in Windows XP Home or Windows XP Pro

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Here are several different methods for changing your IP address in Windows XP as well as the strengths and weaknesses of each IP changing method.

WHY CHANGE YOUR WINDOWS XP IP ADDRESS?

Changing your IP address in Windows XP nowadays is not a bad idea. Every web site you visit can see your

 Changing your Windows XP IP address gives you privacy and anonymity on the internet. Of course there are many other benefits to changing your Windows XP IP address including

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DIFFERENT WAYS TO CHANGE YOUR WINDOWS XP IP ADDRESS

Disconnecting and Reconnecting your Internet Modem

If you are a broadband Internet subscriber (cable or DSL) and have a separate stand-alone modem you can unplug the modem, wait 30 seconds and then plug it back in. This will force the modem to go out to the ISP again and get a new IP address. Often times there will be a way to reset your IP address somewhere in the modem's options but this varies by modem brand and ISP, and can often take longer. This method of changing your IP in Windows XP is the least powerful and least effective. Although this does cause your Windows XP machine to be assigned a new IP address the IP address will still reside with the same network provider and when you visit online locations like websites they will still be able to see your true IP address, browser you're using, Windows version you're using, etc.

Changing Windows XP IP Address with Command

Another method of changing your Windows XP IP address involves the use of the command prompt. This method will only work if your ISP assigns you an IP address dynamically. If your internet connection is cable this method will not work in Windows XP. If your connection is dial up this method will work. If you connection is DSL this may or may not work.

Go to a website that will tell you your current IP address like whatismyip or ipchicken. Write down what your IP address is.
Click Windows XP Start Button. Click "Run" (without the quotes). In the textbox enter "cmd" (without the quotes) and press Enter.
Windows XP start menu.
Windows XP start menu
Windows XP Run Dialog Box.
Windows XP Run Dialog Box

This will bring up the command prompt window. At the prompt type "ipconfig /release" (without the quotes, and with a space before the slash) Press Enter on your keyboard.

Windows XP Command Prompt.
Windows XP Command Prompt IPconfig /release
Wait about 30 seconds.
At the command prompt type "ipconfig /renew" (without the quotes, and with a space before the slash) Press Enter on your keyboard.
Windows XP Command Prompt.
Windows XP Command Prompt IPconfig /renew
Wait another 30 seconds. Once again visit whatismyip or ipchicken to check your WindowsXP IP address has changed. As a final step clear your browser cookies because this is another way websites can track you.

This method should not be used too often because it just may raise an eyebrow with your ISP. A reason why this method for changing your IP address has the same limitations as the "unplugging your modem" method and more.

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More Powerful and Better Ways to Change your Windows XP IP Address

A more powerful way to change your Windows XP IP address is to do something that causes your computer data transfers to go through a computer that's in a completely different location in a different part of the country or even a different part of the world. The computer you would use to route your Internet requests through is called a proxy server. There are a couple ways to accomplish this.

Changing Settings in Web Browser in Windows XP

There are two ways to do this

Find a list of proxy servers IP addresses and port numbers. Open the Internet properties dialog box which is a slightly different procedure depending upon which browser you use. From there you would select use proxy server. You then enter a proxy servers IP address and port number and click okay to close the dialog boxes. The main thing you must consider when using this method is most free proxy server IP addresses provided on the Internet don't work or are extremely slow. There are software programs out there dedicated to finding thousands of proxy servers on the Internet and then testing each and every one of them for how fast they are. The software programs would then provide you with a list of proxy server IP address and port numbers that are fast and effective. ProxyMultiply is such a program. Here is a specific step by step example of changing your IP address in Google Chrome.

Windows XP dialog box to surf through Proxy Server.
Windows XP dialog box to surf through Proxy Server
Use a browser extension or add-on for changing your IP address such as the Geosurf toolbar. With this method you download and install an add-on for your particular browser. This add-on causes a new strip to be displayed at the top your browser bar. Within this strip there would be a drop down box with a list of different IP addresses or proxy servers. You select any one of them and that browser is now surfing through that new IP address. Your windows XP machine now has that new IP address as long as you are using that web browser which brings us to the biggest downside to this method. Your IP address will only be changed while you were using that specific browser that has the add-on or extension attached to it.

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Use a Web Base Proxy Server

A web based proxy server is a website that lets you surf the Internet through their computer. This is accomplished via a text box on the web based proxy server in which you enter the web address of the site you wish to visit and click the surf button. Anywhere you go on the Internet once you have done this will be through this website. Although this is a better way to change your IP address in Windows XP than unplugging your modem and plugging it back in there are some disadvantages to a web based proxy server.

Here are two FREE web based proxy servers for Windows XP that are established and can be trusted.

  1. Hide My Ass
  2. Proxify

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Standalone Windows XP IP Changing Software

This is the most powerful method for changing your Windows XP IP address. This method consists of using a software program to change your Windows XP IP address. Usually the way these types of programs work is they are loaded with IP addresses/proxy servers. You select any one of the proxy servers in the program and click a button to start surfing the Internet through that proxy server. The software program takes care of all the underlying details to accomplish this.

With this method you don't have to worry about viruses and malware and your IP address will be changed no matter which method you use to connect with the Internet. Meaning your IP address will be changed no matter which web browser you're using or which software program you use to navigate the Internet. Here are a few extremely popular software programs for changing your IP address in Windows XP. With these type of IP changing tools for XP you can change your IP without restarting anything like your browser, router, etc.

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