How to Find an IP Address In Windows XP

By Contributing Writer

Your IP address is encoded into every email you send and receive, so it makes sense that you should know what yours is. An IP address is your Internet Protocol address. They are unique and identify computers on a network. You can use this information when viewing a website that requires your IP address to be typed in, or to find out if someone who sent you an email is in your area. When you are finished reading this article you will be able to find your IP address with no problems at all.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer and all peripherals
  • Windows XP

How To Find Your IP Address In Windows XP

Step 1

Navigate to and click on your \"start\" button. Scroll up the options to \"Run\" and right click on it. A new window will open and in the white bar you should type \"CMD\".

Step 2

Click \"OK\" and the window will disappear, and a new one will open. At the top this window will say: \"C:/Windows/System32/cmd.exe\" if you have done this correctly. Navigate into the black window under the directory that is shown last. For example: C:\\Documents and Settings\\Owner/.

Step 3

Type in \"IPConfig\" after the last forward slash in this line and press enter. This will generate a list of information for you to look at.

Step 4

Look under the heading \"Ethernet Adapter Local Area Connection\" for the IP Address listed. For example, an IP address should have 4 sets of numbers like The number on this line is the only number associated with your specific IP address.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are on a large network, your IP address will have the first three numbers between 1 and 126. Examples: or If you are on a medium network, your IP address will have the first 3 numbers between 128 and 191. Example: or
  • Do not attempt to fix or change your IP address without a professional troubleshooter or technician. This can prevent you from using the Internet completely, as well as destroying the configuration of your IP address and controls.
  • The author of this article is not a professional and is not responsible for mishaps or damage while performing tasks in this article.