How to change DHCP lease time on Windows 10


It is worth noting that Windows 10 gives you a lot of options in order to change things that we like and dislike about our PC or Laptop.

This is great for those who like to tweak stuff in order to make their computers run exactly how they want them to run.

One such option of tweaking things is how to change DHCP lease time Windows 10. But before that, we need to know what exactly is DHCP lease time Windows 10.

This is because we need to know what we are changing so we can go back to default if something goes wrong.

What is DHCP lease time?

We know that almost everyone that uses a PC or a Laptop will have an internet connection of some type which means they all have a relation to DHCP lease time.

This is because DHCP lease time is a time given by our internet service provider also known as ISP.

This lease time is given by our ISP for a particular IP address to our computer. For that leased time, our computer will run on that IP address. This is a dynamic IP address that will change once the leased time expires.

After the DHCP lease time gets over, our computer will be assigned a new IP address that will have its own lease time as well.

Typically, the DHCP lease time for a particular IP address on our computer is 24 hours or 1440 minutes. This means our dynamic IP address will change after every 24 hours.

So some people would want to change DHCP lease time Windows 10 because they want to either reduce the lease time or increase it.

In this article, we are going to tell you about ways in which you can also change DHCP lease time on Windows 10.

But before that, you need to know what your current DHCP lease time on Windows 10 is. For that, we have shared the method to check your current DHCP lease time down below.

How to check your DHCP lease time Windows 10

Here is the exact process to check your DHCP lease time on Windows 10 which you can follow in order to check the DHCP lease time assigned to your computer by your ISP.

  • First of all, you will have to open the Command Prompt window on your PC.
  • For this, you can type “cmd” in Start menu and open the Command Prompt.
  • Once Command Prompt is open, you need to type “ipconfig/all” and press Enter to bring up the results.

The results from my PC are as shown below :

command prompt ipconfig/all
command prompt ipconfig/all
  • Now, you have to find two commands named “lease obtained” and “lease expires”. Note that if you are using Internet over a Wi-Fi connection (like me), you will find these two commands under the “Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi”.
  • In case, you are using internet over Ethernet then your commands will be under the Ethernet LAN adapter.
  • Once you have found the two commands, check the time duration of lease obtained and that of lease expiry.

In my case, the time duration of lease obtained and lease expires looked like this:

dhcp lease time windows 10
dhcp lease time windows 10
  • As you can see from the screenshot above, my current DHCP lease time is set for 24 hours which is what we mentioned is the default setting on every Windows 10 PC.
  • Now that we know what our current DHCP lease time is and when does it expire, we can know if there are changes needed to be made to this time or not.

If you want to change your DHCP lease time on Windows 10, you can read this article further to know exactly how it’s done.

How to change DHCP lease time Windows 10?

There are multiple ways in which you can change the DHCP lease time of your Windows 10 PC or Laptop but there are two primary ways in which you can do this.

The first method to change DHCP lease time Windows 10 is via DHCP server on your PC and the second method to change DHCP lease time is via your Internet Router.

First of all, we will see the easier of these two methods which is to change DHCP lease time via DHCP server.

How to change DHCP lease time Windows 10 via DHCP server

  • First of all, open the Run dialog box on your PC by pressing a combination of Win + R buttons.
  • Once the Run dialog box opens, type “dhcpmgmt.msc” and press OK.
change dhcp lease time windows 10 with dhcp server
change dhcp lease time windows 10 with dhcp server
  • Once the DHCP management window is opened, go to properties of DHCP scope of which lease time needs to be changed.
  • Go to the “Lease Duration for DHCP clients” section and choose General tab.
  • Now, input a new time in the “Limited to” field which will be your new DHCP lease time Windows 10.
  • Press OK to save your changes and your new DHCP server lease time will be set.
  • To place all your changes into effect, reboot your computer and see whether the new DHCP lease time has been set by running the ipconfig/all command. 

How to change DHCP lease time Windows 10 via router

For some people, we have seen that they face errors changing DHCP lease time with the above method.

So we have added an additional method to change DHCP lease time Windows 10.

In this method, you will have to change DHCP lease time on your router which means that your router needs to be connected to your PC or Laptop via a LAN cable.

  • First of all, open the browser of your choice on your PC.
  • Now type the IP address of your router after connecting the router to your PC via a LAN cable.
  • Typically, the IP address of your router will be either 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1.
  • The IP address of your router will also be written on the back of your router so make sure to check that as well.
  • Also, the default username and password of your router will “admin” in both the fields unless someone has changed it.
  • Once you have logged in, go to the Router Configurations page. Inside this page, you will see a LAN or local area network option inside which you will see the DHCP server module.
  • Inside this module, you will find the DHCP leased time which will be 24 hours by default.
  • Change this DHCP leased time to whatever you want and save the Settings and reboot your router.
  • Once the router gets rebooted, you will see that your new DHCP leased time will be the one that you have just set.

 Conclusion

In this article, we have tried to explain everything that you need to know about DHCP lease time including what it is, how to check your current DHCP lease time Windows 10 as well as how to change DHCP lease time Windows 10.

We hope that you do not find any difficulties changing your DHCP lease time Windows 10 after this article. For any further questions, you can comment down below.

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