How to Configure a TCP/IP Connection in Windows Vista

By Nancy C. Muir

Whether your IP address is assigned when you log on to the Internet or you have a static IP address, as with a cable modem or DSL, it’s useful to know how to configure the TCP/IP connection in Windows Vista. Understanding the configuration options allows you to tinker with the settings until you get things working just the way you like it.

1Choose Start→Network→click the Network and Sharing Center link.

The Network and Sharing Center provides links for a wide range of network features.

2In the resulting Network and Sharing Center window, click the Manage Network Connections link.

The Manage Network Connections window shows a list of each type of Internet connection that has been configured on your computer broken down by type.

3Right-click the connection you want to configure and then choose Properties.

The Properties dialog box contains options for letting you setting up the connection’s protocols.

4In the Connection Properties dialog box, click the Networking tab.

5Select the Internet Protocol Version (TCP/IP) option and then click the Properties button.

Locate the TCP/IP protocol in the This Connection Uses the Following Items area. Be sure that the latest version of the TCP/IP is selected, even if earlier versions are also available and selected.

6Allow addresses to be assigned automatically in the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog box.

Select the Obtain an IP Address Automatically option and then click OK twice.