When you want to see the properties of your network adapter, it can be difficult to know which Internet Protocol version to pick from the list. You might want to check your connection or even change your IP address but how do you know which IPV to choose? See the screenshot below. I have chosen one internet protocol version to see the properties to, however there is a similar looking item just above that one. How do I know which internet protocol version to choose?
How to know what Internet protocol version your computer is using?
These instructions are for Windows Vista. Windows 7 is below.
- Open the Network and Sharing Center. See the start of this article to see how. Also the screenshot below shows you to press on the network icon, then you can press on the Network and Sharing link.
2. When the Network and Sharing Center is open, press on View Status.
3. Your connection status will appear. Press on the details button. You can see the IPv4 and IPv6 listed here, however it is easier to understand when you see the details.
4. The network connection details will appear. See how there is an IP address next to IPv4 and not IPv6. Obviously I should choose IPv4 to change the properties of my connection or change the Ip address for my computer.
So as you can see my computer is using Internet Protocol version 4 to connect to the internet which shows up as IPv4 in the list.
How To See If Your Computer is Using IPv4 or IPv6 in Windows 7
1. Enter the network and sharing center through the control panel. Link in start menu.
2. When you are in the network and sharing center simply click on change adapter settings. Shown below.
3. You will now see your connections. Right click on the one you are using.
4. Choose status from the menu.
5. Now this dialogue box will open. Press on details.
6. Now you will see that there is an IP assigned to the IPv4. That is the version you are using.