Step-by-Step: Setting a Dynamic IP Address in Windows XP
December 7, 2003

This short guide shows you how to configure your computer running Windows XP to obtain and IP address from a DHCP server on your network.  Typically, the DHCP server is either a broadband router or machine designated as a server.

Start --> Settings --> Network Connections


Right-click on the network connection and select "Properties".

You'll see something like this:


Scroll down and select "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)".


Click on the "Properties" button.

In order to obtain an IP address automatically, check the options "Obtain an IP address automatically" and "Obtain DNS server address automatically".

It should look like this:


Click on "OK" to close all the dialog boxes and you're all set.  Your computer will now automatically obtain an IP address from the DHCP server on the network.

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