Configuring TCP/IP on Windows operating systems

Configuring Windows clients for TCP/IP involves installing and configuring the TCP/IP network protocol.

The following instructions are based on the Configuring TCP/IP function of Windows XP.
  1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel.
  2. On the control panel, double-click Network and Dial-Up Connections.
  3. Right-click Local Area Connection.
  4. Click Properties. If Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) does not appear in the list, do the following:
    1. Click Install.
    2. Select Protocol, and then click Add.
    3. Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).
    4. Click OK. This returns you to the Local Area Connection Properties window.
  5. Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and then click on Properties.
  6. Select Using the Following IP Address. Check with your network administrator to determine the correct settings for this tab. If your PC does not automatically obtain IP and DNS addresses, do the following:
    1. Enter the IP address of your PC (for example,
    2. Enter the subnet mask (for example,
    3. Enter the default gateway (for example,
    4. Enter the preferred DNS server (for example,
    5. Enter the alternate DNS server (for example,
  7. If you are using a Windows Internet Name Server, click the Advanced tab, select WINS Address, and do the following:
    1. Click Add.
    2. Enter the primary WINS server (for example,
    3. Enter the secondary WINS server (for example,
    4. The remaining settings should remain as the defaults.
  8. Click OK on the Local Area Connection Properties window. It is not necessary to restart your PC.