An IP address is a unique way to identify your device when connected to a network. All private IP addresses must be unique. If two devices are sharing the same IP address, the network won’t won’t be able to differentiate between them, causing conflicting IP address problems while you use the Internet.
Follow these steps to ensure your devices have unique IP addresses. We’ve started with the simplest fix, but continue through the list if problems persist.
Your router assigns each device a unique IP address when it connects to the internet. If it fails to do that, you could get a “Windows has detected an IP address conflict” or “Windows has failed to obtain an IP address message.” Restarting it could help.
You’ll need local user and administrator permissions to do this.
If you’re using a wireless or USB network adapter, disabling it and then re-enabling it can fix issues with your connection.
You will need local user and administrative permissions for this process.
You can use commands to release your current IP address and prompt your router to assign a new, unique IP address to your device.
If you’re still receiving the same “Windows has detected an IP address conflict” message, don’t give up. You still have a few more options to try.
You can swap a static IP for an automatic one in your settings. A static IP means that the IP address your computer is using was set manually instead of being set automatically by your router.
To use an automatic IP:
If your computer is using Internet Protocol version 6, it can cause the “Windows has detected an IP address conflict” error to show up on your device. You can disable IPv6 from the settings on your device.
What is IPv6?
IPv6 is a protocol used by the internet to assign IP addresses to devices and route traffic around the internet.
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