What is DHCP?
Windows 8 is a client operating system released by Microsoft and can be configured to obtain and IP addresses from the DHCP server that can be available anywhere in the local area network. Responsibilities of a DHCP server include providing IP addresses to all the client machines which request for it and along with the IP addresses it also provides the addresses for DNS servers and default gateways.
By default when Microsoft Windows 8 is installed on a computer it is configured to obtain the IP address automatically from the DHCP server. In some cases users might manually specify the IP addresses to Windows 8 machines in order to make the local IP address static for those computers. However in some cases when an IP address is statically defined on the machine, administrator of that computer may want to revert the configuration back to its default state where it was configured to obtain the IP address from the DHCP server.
Although this configuration can only be done with administrative credentials, that means that only administrators can do so and if as a Windows 8 administrator you want to configure your computer to obtain IP address automatically from the DHCP server you are required to follow the steps given below:
1 Logon to your computer on which Microsoft Windows 8 operating system is installed.
2 Press Windows + R keys simultaneously to initiate Run box.
3 In the available field type NCPA.CPL command and press enter key.
4 On Network Connections Window right click on the icon of the NIC card for which you want to enable DHCP and from the available context menu click on Properties option.
5 On the opened properties box from the available list double-click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
6 On Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties box select Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically radio buttons.
7 Click on Ok button when done and close all the opened Windows and boxes.