The “Unable to update the IP address” error on your Windows PC occurs due to an IP conflict with another device, problems with your Windows network settings, or a problem with your network adapter or router. If you receive an “Unable to update the IP address” error message in Windows, there are a few things you can try to resolve and resolve the issue.
In most cases, running Windows Network Diagnostic Tool should fix any network connectivity issues. If that doesn’t work, you need to open a Windows Command Prompt or PowerShell window and follow these instructions. You should also double check that your network devices are working properly.
Run Windows Network Diagnostic Tool
From time to time, your computer will encounter network connection problems. The Windows Network Diagnostic Tool is designed to automatically resolve most of these problems.
- To run the Windows Network Diagnostic Tool, right-click the network icon in the Windows taskbar. Click on “Network problems” to get started.
Windows will perform an initial scan of your network configuration and devices to see if it can automatically identify any potential problems. If possible, he will inform you about the problem and ask if it needs to be fixed automatically or not.
At this point, Windows will most likely determine the cause of the “unable to update IP address” error. Let Windows fix the problem automatically, and if it can’t, try another method.
Edit and renew your IP
When you are connected to a network, your computer is usually given an IP address for a limited time by your router. These “leases” of IP addresses, as they are called, will last up to 24 hours at a time.
In most cases, your network router will assign the same IP address over and over, but sometimes conflicts can occur. An IP address may be accidentally assigned to another device, or your network adapter may have difficulty completing the IP lease renewal process due to misconfiguration or hardware issues.
If your Windows computer displays the error “unable to update the IP address” and the Windows Network Diagnostic Tool cannot resolve the issue, you should try to automatically release and renew the IP address lease using the ipconfig tool.
- Open a Windows PowerShell window to get started. To do this, right-click the Windows Start Menu button on the taskbar, and then click Windows PowerShell (Admin). You can also perform these steps using the old Windows Command Prompt.
If your menu displays a command prompt, read the previous post on how to switch menu items to PowerShell.
- Type ipconfig / all to view a list of information about the current network configuration.
- To release your IP address, enter ipconfig / release. This will free your network adapters from any assigned IP addresses.
- After freeing up the network adapters, enter ipconfg / Renew to assign new leases to IP addresses.
Forcing the release and renewal of the IP address lease should resolve the IP address error in most cases, but if it doesn’t, you will need to consider more drastic options such as resetting your Windows network configuration.
Reset Windows Network Configuration
If you are still having problems connecting to the network, reset your network settings to fix the problem. This can be done from the command line or a Windows PowerShell window.
- Right-click the Windows Start Menu button on the taskbar, then click Windows PowerShell (Admin) to open a PowerShell window. You can use the old Windows command line if you want.
Winsock is part of the Windows networking infrastructure designed to help Windows PCs and the software running on them communicate over standard networks. Sometimes your Winsock settings can be accidentally corrupted by antivirus software or maliciously malicious software. Resetting Winsock preferences can fix this problem.
- In Windows PowerShell or the command line, enter netsh winsock reset. When the process completes, you will be prompted to restart your computer.
The netsh tool (network shell) is a low-level administration tool for network commands in Windows. You can use this to reset TCP / IP settings. This can resolve the “cannot resolve IP address” issue by removing any conflicting settings or connections.
- Enter netsh int ip reset to reset TCP / IP settings. Once complete, restart your computer to complete the process.
Finally, you can perform a full network reset from the Windows network settings menu. This will completely erase all your network configuration settings. If, for example, you configured your network adapter to use a static IP address, this will delete those settings and reset your adapter to use the default Windows settings instead.
- Open Windows Settings. menu. To do this, right-click the Windows Start Menu button on the taskbar and select Settings.
- Click Network & Internet to enter the Windows network settings menu.
- Click “Status” in the left menu. From here, scroll down to the Change Network Settings category and click on Reset Network.
- On the Network Reset menu, click the Reset Now button.
- Windows will ask you if you want to continue resetting network settings. Click Yes to start the process. Windows will completely reset your network configuration and restart your computer after the process completes.
Resetting the network configuration using the above methods exhausts the Windows’ unable to update IP address solution. If the problem persists, it is most likely a problem with your network devices.
Troubleshoot network hardware
If you are unable to resolve network connection problems in Windows, troubleshoot network device problems.
If you are on a wired network, double check your wired connections. Make sure the Ethernet cables are connected correctly, and if there are, disconnect the cables.
Try a different network adapter to double check if you can connect to your network. If that fails, connect to an alternate network to see if the problem is caused by a problem with your network router.