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Network Connection Configuration: Windows 7 and Windows 8

Following is the procedure for configuring a Windows 7 or Windows 8 network connection, which you need to do for any machines on your network running these systems. Begin by opening the control panel.

For Windows 7, choose Start→Control Panel.

For Windows 8, right-click the bottom-left corner of the screen and then choose Control Panel from the contextual menu.


Choose Network and Sharing Center.

This step opens the Network and Sharing Center.


Click the Change Adapter Settings link on the left.

The Network Connections folder appears.


Right-click the connection that you want to configure and then choose Properties from the contextual menu that appears.

The Properties dialog box for the network connection appears.


Click Configure to configure the network connection.

This action summons the Properties dialog box for the network adapter. This dialog box has five tabs that let you configure the NIC.

When you click OK to dismiss the network adapter’s Properties dialog box, the network connection’s Properties dialog box closes. Select the Change Settings of This Connection option again to continue the procedure.


Click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and then click Properties to display the TCP/IP Properties dialog box.

Adjust the settings and then click OK.

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