Changing the Default IP Address of ICS in Vista

by Eric Geier [Published on 7 Jan. 2010 / Last Updated on 19 May 2009]

Change the Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) IP if is already in use.

The DHCP server for the Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) feature in Windows uses the IP address of As you may know too well, this is the default address of many routers. Since each device on the network must have a unique IP, there’s a conflict when the local network used to provide the Internet access for ICS has a router with the same IP. You can change the router’s IP, or change to different subnet altogether.

However, you can also change the IP used by ICS in Windows Vista by making registry changes to the ScopeAddress and ScopeAddressBackup keys, in three different places:


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The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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