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Managing Windows 8 Internet Connection Settings

Last Updated: Mon, 08 Jun 2015 > Related Articles

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Learn the steps to access the Internet connections settings and reset your IP address in Windows 8.


Windows 8 operating system is much different than previous versions but setting up an Internet connection is not that hard. Just follow the steps below. Before you begin, review these Windows 8 terms:

Windows 8 TermDescription
CharmIcon that represents a feature or function
Charm barMenu bar that houses the charms
Windows keyKeyboard key with the Microsoft wave logo on it

Viewing Internet Connection Details

Learn how to view details of your Internet connection.

  1. Move your cursor to the top right of the screen until the charm bar pops out on the right, as shown below highlighted in red.
  2. Click the Search charm.

charm bar


On the Apps screen, press the Esc key to hide the Charm Bar. Click Control Panel under the Windows System section.

apps view


Click Network and Sharing Center.

network sharing

Result: The available network connections display.


To view the network details for your network connection, use the following steps.

  1. Click the icon for your connection type next to Connections.


  2. Click the Details button.

    Result: The Network Connection Details window displays.

Reset TCP/IP

Use the steps below to reset TCP/IP on Windows 8.


Press the Windows + R keys on your keyboard from any screen.

Result: The Run window displays.

In the Open field, enter CMD.

On the black screen next to where the cursor is flashing, choose one of the following then enter the information as directed. Do not use spaces.

  • To view your IP address, enter ipconfig and press Enter. You will see the numbers and dots that represent your address.
  • To release your IP address, enter ipconfig/release and press Enter
  • To renew your IP address, enter ipconfig/renew and press Enter

When finished, click the X in the upper right corner to close the black screen.

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