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Hide IP Address in Windows XP

A "how to" provided by iPrivacyTools.com

The easiest way to hide your IP address in Windows XP is simply to change it, and this page will describe a fast and free method of doing just that. You will still be using your real ISP-issued IP address, but the "hiding" of the old IP address will occur when you update it to a new number.

Reasons for wanting to perform this process may include privacy issues, such as a desire to visit websites without your IP being connected to a previous visit. Or perhaps you'd like to clear any connection that your IP has with a marketing database that tracks surfing behavor. If privacy is your concern, be sure to also clear your browser cookies before AND after updating your IP as well.

*Please be aware that some ISP's may have limitations on the number of times you're allowed to get a new IP. Therefore, to avoid extra charges or service issues, you should probably not use this process more than a few times. If you require a more flexible and fullproof means of hiding your IP address, please check out our homepage.

STEP #1 to hide your IP address in Windows XP

  • UNPLUG your modem from the electrical outlet.
  • If you're using a router, UNPLUG it from the electrical outlet.
  • Temporarily remove the cables between your computer, router, and modem.
  • Plug the cable from your modem directly into your computer.
  • Restart both your modem and computer.
  • Once restarted, proceed to step #2 to confirm that your connection is back online. If it's not, you may need to restart your computer again.

STEP #2: Check your current IP address

Go to iPrivacyTools.com/my-ip-address/ and write down your IP address for comparison later.

STEP #3 to hide IP address in Windows XP

  • Click on your START menu and select "Run".
Hide IP address in XP

STEP #4 Open the DOS prompt

  • Enter the letters "cmd" and hit Enter.

STEP #5 to hide your IP in Windows XP

  • When you see the command prompt, type "ipconfig /release" (including the space before the slash) and Enter.
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STEP #6 to hide IP address in Windows XP

  • Again, click on your START menu, select "Connect to" , and then "Show all connections"

STEP #7 for changing IP address in XP

Use your RIGHT-mouse button to click on "Local Area Connection" and then select "Properties".

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  • Click once on "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" and then choose "Properties".

STEP #9: Set a dummy IP

  • Tick the selection box for "Use the following IP address" and enter the numbers you see below:
Step 9 to hide IP address  Windows XP

STEP #10:

  • Click "OK" and "Close" to get out of the dialog boxes.
  • Wait 30-45 seconds. Do not proceed before waiting at least 30 seconds.

STEP #11 to hide IP address in XP:

  • Perform steps 6-8 AGAIN.
  • Perform step 9 again, but this time tick the box for "Obtain an IP address automatically" and "Obtain DNS server address automatically".
Step 11 to hide IP in Windows XP

STEP #12 to hide IP address in Windows XP

  • Click "OK" and "Close" to get out of there.
  • WAIT 60 SECONDS (this is important).

STEP #13: Confirm the IP Change

Step 12 to hide IP in XP

Congratulations, you now know how to hide your IP address in XP!

Again, after performing the steps above, it's important to delete your cookies, as they are another means by which websites and marketers can follow your surfing patterns.

And as mentioned above, you should probably not use this technique more than a few times, as it may possibly conflict with your ISP's policies. If you're interested in something more flexible, please check out our IP Hiding Software.

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