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Enable DHCP Server on Windows® XP

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Get to know more about enabling DHCP server on Windows XP

DHCP is the abbreviation of Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. This protocol assigns IP addresses to various computers in a network from a specific range of IP addresses. DHCP does this assigning during the system start up itself. For example, DHCP assigns IP addresses to the system when the user starts up the system or the client computer sends any broadcasting request to the system. There can be various other situations in which DHCP assigns IP address to the system. When a new computer is introduced into a network, it will send a request to the DHCP server for a unique address to work in that network. The uniqueness is because no two computers have the same IP address in the network. DHCP will provide a new address for that computer and a time period to work with that unique address.

The following explains more about enabling DHCP and tips to fix issues during enabling DHCP:

  • Login as Administrator
  • Configure DHCP
  • Tips to Fix

Login as Administrator

The initial step that you need to follow before enabling DHCP in your Windows XP system is to login as administrator. Only the system administrator has the right to enable DHCP in your system. You need to provide the login name and the password of the system administrator. This is not applicable for personal systems since they are already entered in the system as the administrator itself. Only when you provide correct details regarding the administrator, you can enter into the system.

Configure DHCP

After logging as the administrator, you need to open ‘Network Connections’ in ‘Control Panel’. While right clicking on the correct network connection name, you will get ‘Properties’ option. Select that option from the drop down list. On the ‘General’ tab in the coming window, you can see the ‘Obtain IP address automatically’ option. Select that followed by ‘OK’. This is the method to enable DHCP in your Windows XP system.

Tips to Fix

There can be various issues that occur while enabling DHCP in your system. Error messages are the most common issue. Windows XP will try to protect the installing DHCP in your system and for this the DSL should be in active state. Otherwise you will not be able to connect to DHCP. You can resolve this by activating DSL before connecting or enabling DHCP. If the network adaptor in the system has an IP address, then you need to enter this address while enabling DHCP. Incorrect IP address also will result in incomplete enabling process of DHCP.

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