Much like a mailing or personal address, the IP, or Internet Protocol, address of a computer is the unique identifier of a computer on a broader network. An IP address is usually required for troubleshooting or PC maintenance-related calls, but it may also be useful in setting up other features like Remote Assistance or drive mapping on a network to share system resources. There are two ways of locating the system's IP address in Windows 7. One requires navigating through a series of menus. The other uses a more direct route by way of the command prompt.
Find Your Computer's IP Address Using Control Panel
Open the Start menu and go to "Control Panel." Click on "Network and Internet" from the list.
Click on "View network status and tasks" under Network and Sharing Center.
Click on the link next to "Connections." When the "Wireless Network Connection Status" dialog appears, click on the "Details" button.
Locate the set of numbers separated by periods next to the "IPv4 Address" line. This is the computer's IP address.
Click "Close" and then "Close" again to exit the "Network Connection Details" and "Network Connection Status" dialog boxes. Close the "Network and Sharing Center."
Find Your Computer's IP Address Using the Command Line
Type "cmd" in the search tool from the Start menu to bring up the command prompt.
Type "ipconfig /all" at the command prompt and press the "Enter" key on the keyboard.
Look for the "IPv4 Address" or "IP Address."
Close the command prompt.
- If you have a dynamic IP address or your network adapter is configured to "Obtain an IP address automatically," the computer's IP address may change each time it reconnects to the network.
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