How to Find a Computer's Private IP Address in Windows 7

Finding your Windows 7 PC's private IP address is easy. Here's how.

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Finding your computer's public Internet Protocol address is easy enough. There are any number of sites that will display it for you such as What Is My IP. Sometimes, however, you need to find your computer's private IP address. You know, the one that identifies your device on your home network.

You may need to know this number if you're sharing files between devices or other sorts of home networking tasks.

Finding this number is still pretty easy, but it's not as simple as visiting a website.

In the following guide I will show you how to determine your computer's IP address using the Network & Sharing Center in Windows 7 and the good ol' command prompt. Both methods will get you to the same answer so choose the method that's easiest for you.

Method One - Use the Network & Sharing Center to Discover the IP Address

1. Click the small networking icon (it looks like a computer display with a cord standing next to it) located in the notification area on the far right side of the taskbar.

2. When the popover appears click the Open Network and Sharing Center link.

The Network and Sharing Center window will open. This is the place in Windows 7's Control Panel where you will find all of the options necessary to customize and configure your wireless and wired connections in Windows 7.

3. Next, Click Local Area Connection for the connection you are currently using.

Note: If you have an ethernet adapter and a wireless network adapter make sure to select the connection you are currently using.

4. When the Local Area Connection Status window opens, click the Details button to pull the information from the connection you selected.

Note: Don't let the plethora of numbers and addresses confuse you.

The value you are interested in is called the IPv4 Address.

5. The IP address for the network device (connection) you selected will be listed next to the IPv4 Address – the number should start with something like 192.168... if you are using a residential router with standard settings.

Note: If the number does not start with 192.168... but is listed next to IPv4 then chances are that your router was configured with a different IP address, which should not be a problem. Whatever you do, just make sure to use the number next to IPv4 Address.

6. Jot down the number and click Close when you are done.

You have now successfully obtained your computer's IP address. If you wish to use a faster yet more outdated method, check out the following steps to use the command prompt in Windows 7.

Method Two - Use the Good Ol' Command Prompt to Find Your Computer's IP Address

Most users find the command prompt archaic and daunting, but don't let the black screen with white letters scare you.

The command prompt is a great tool for carrying out tasks quickly on your Windows machine, as well as retrieving information like an IP address. It's also pretty simple to use when you have step-by-step instructions.

1. Click the "Windows orb" to open the Start Menu and type cmd into the Start Menu search box.

2. Click cmd from the search results which should appear directly under Programs

3. When the Command Prompt window opens, type ipconfig /all into the command prompt window.

4. The network adapter's IP address will be listed next to the IPv4 address – the number should start with something like 192.168..., as we noted above, if you are using a residential router with standard settings.

Note: If you are using more than one network adapter on your computer make sure to jot down the correct IP address for the network device/connection you are actually using.

That's it. You now know your private IP address for any home networking tasks that require it.