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In a corporate networking environment, manually assigning IP addresses becomes irksome. Even at home, you need a networking server that can manage IP addresses efficiently.

To do so, you need to enable the network server with Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).

How to enable or disable DHCP in Windows

Most probably, DHCP for your Wi-Fi is disabled. You need to learn how to fix this ‘DHCP is not enabled for Wi-Fi’ issue.

For your version of Windows, take the following steps to enable DHCP.

How to Enable DHCP in Windows 8/10?

Follow these steps to enable DHCP for Wi-Fi in Windows 10.

  • Open the ‘Power User’ menu by pressing Windows key + X on the keyboard
  • From options, select ‘Network Connections’
  • At least two types of network connections are displayed – Wi-Fi and Ethernet
  • Double-click on the active network connection
  • ‘Network Connection Status’ window displays ‘Properties.’ Click on it
  • Click on Internet Protocol Version 4 or Version 6 and click on Properties again

Now, for enabling DHCP, select both – ‘Obtain an IP address automatically’ and ‘Obtain DNS server address automatically.’

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How to Enable DHCP in Windows 7?

  • Open Control Panel
  • Click on Networking and Sharing Center
  • Click on Local Area Connection in the View panel
  • Click on the Properties button in connection status window
  • Select – Internet Protocol Version 4 or Version 6

For enabling DHCP in Windows 7 or Windows Vista, select both – ‘Obtain an IP address automatically’ and ‘Obtain DNS server address automatically.’

How to Enable DHCP in Windows XP?

  • Open Control Panel
  • Click on Networking and Sharing Center
  • Right-click on Local Area Connection and select Properties
  • Select – Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)

For enabling DHCP in Windows older versions, select both – ‘Obtain an IP address automatically’ and ‘Obtain DNS server address automatically.’

How to Disable DHCP in Windows 10/8/7?

Follow the above steps for your respective versions of Windows.

For disabling DHCP, select – ‘Use the following IP address.’ Then, manually enter values for IP address, Default Gateway, and Subnet mask.

Select ‘Use the following DNS server address’ option and enter the Preferred DNS server address values.

NOTE:

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For disabling DHCP for Wi-Fi in Windows and using a static IP address, ensure that you enter correct values in the settings. Your Internet network connection stops working if you enter even one wrong value.

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