IPConfig /Renew Not Working [SOLVED]

Run the network troubleshooter or reset TCP/IP

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  • ipconfig /renew is a command that lets you renew your IP addresses from the DHCP server.
  • If this command doesn't work properly then you won't be able to resolve some network issues.
  • You can try reinstalling the network adapter to fix the issue in no time.

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It is quite frustrating when a command that you want to run does not produce the desired output. Several users told us that the ipconfig /renew is not working for them. If they open a new Command Prompt and type ipconfig, they get the same old IP number.

If you are also facing a similar issue of ipconfig /renew not working and are looking for solutions, then this guide is for you.

What happens when you type ipconfig /renew in CMD?

Well, there are a bunch of functions that you can run using the Command Prompt. And it is always better to understand what a command does before you try to solve any issues related to it.

Speaking of the ipconfig /renew command, when you execute this command in the Command Prompt, you are basically ordering your DHCP client to regenerate, renew, or renegotiate a new IP address from the DHCP server on your router.

It can help you fix any network issue that you might be facing. However, you won’t see any speed changes when executing this command, but you may experience a temporary boost in network speed.

What can I do if ipconfig /renew is not working?

1. Use troubleshooting tools

1.1 Run Windows Network Diagnostics

  1. Right-click on the internet connection icon in the Taskbar.
  2. Select Troubleshoot problems.
  3. The Windows Network Diagnostics tool will begin and will fix the problem.

1.2 Use internet troubleshooter

  1. Press Win + I to open Settings.
  2. Select Update & Security.
  3. Click on Troubleshoot.
  4. Under Incoming Connections, select Run the troubleshooter option.

Windows OS comes with a built-in troubleshooting tool that helps you diagnose and fix problems associated with the network.

Some users facing the ipconfig /renew not working issue reported that running the network troubleshooter helped them resolve the issue.

2. Reset TCP/IP

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Run command prompt as an admin.
  3. Type the below commands and press Enter after each one. netsh winsock reset netsh int ip reset ipconfig /release ipconfig /renew ipconfig /flushdns
  4. Restart your PC.

Winsock settings if corrupted can often cause issues and could also result in the ipconfig /renew command not working problem.

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You can try resetting the Winsock network infrastructure and check if this resolves the problem at your end or not.

3. Reinstall the network adapter

  1. Press the Win + X key to open the context menu.
  2. Select Device Manager.
  3. Expand the Network adapters section.
  4. Right-click on your network adapter and select Uninstall.
  5. Restart your PC.
  6. Open Device Manager again.
  7. Click on the Action menu at the top.
  8. Select Scan for hardware changes.
  9. Your system will install the drivers for your network adapter.

This is one way of reinstalling the network drivers for your network adapter as some file corruption can lead to the ipconfig/renew not working issue.

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4. Perform a system restore

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Type create a restore point and open it.
  3. Click on the System Restore button.
  4. Click on Choose a different restore point.
  5. Hit the Next button.
  6. Select the desired restore point and click Next.
  7. Follow the instructions on the screen to perform the restoration.

If nothing works, then it is best to restore your PC back to a state where everything was working normally. For such scenarios, you can make use of the system restore.

Do note that before you could perform a system restore, you need to create a system restore in order for your PC to go back to that date. If you do not know how to do it, we have a guide on creating a system restore point in Windows 10.

That is it from us in this guide. Users who aren’t able to change static IP address and DNS server in Windows 10, can refer to our dedicated guide.

We also have a guide that will allow you to resolve the PC won’t acquire IP addresses issue. If your PC is facing issues contacting the DHCP client, then you can check out our article.

Let us know in the comments below, which one of the above solutions helped you resolve the problem at your end.

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