I've got two NICs in my Windows 8 Pro (x64) box each connected to different networks. I would like to release and renew the DHCP lease for just one of the NICs. So far I can't find any way to do it within the ipconfig command.

Is this possible? (perhaps another command or GUI even)

Similar question here, however I'm asking specifically about release/renew functionality.

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Yes you can do this. If you look at ipconfig /? you will see the option for ipconfig /renew [adapter] and ipconfig /release [adapter]. So you just need to know the adapter name by typing ipconfig by itself.

  • Thanks, the /? is good to know.
    – Brack
    Jun 13, 2013 at 14:25
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    Windows 10 adds crap to the adapter name that it shows in ipconfig. For instance, ipconfig shows me an entry for Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi but the adapter name that you would supply to ipconfig /renew is just Wi-Fi. Remember that it also supports wildcard matches, so I can type ipconfig /renew *Fi which works just as well. Nov 18, 2016 at 3:54
  • An example: ipconfig /release "Ethernet 2" Oct 20, 2021 at 7:36
ipconfig /release "adapter name"
ipconfig /renew "adapter name"

The name shown by ipconfig is - strangely - not the name you supply to the renew and reconfig options, so get the NetConnectionID of the NIC using this command in a command window to show you the necessary id to use in the next command, matching the MAC address if necessary:

C:\>wmic nic get Name,NetConnectionID,MACAddress
MACAddress         Name                                        NetConnectionID
                   Microsoft Kernel Debug Network Adapter
F8:CA:B8:55:7F:A3  Intel(R) Ethernet Connection (3) I218-LM    Ethernet
10:02:B5:82:71:16  Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265         Wi-Fi
10:02:B5:82:71:1A  Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network)    Bluetooth Network Connection

Then use the name in an ipconfig command such as:

C:\> ipconfig /release Wi-Fi
C:\> ipconfig /renew Wi-Fi

In the example above, ipconfig shows the name Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi, but the name to use with ipconfig is just Wi-Fi as discovered from the wmic command.


Old but this is great info. by using renew /? I actually found you can also do /renew ethernet* and it will reset all adapters starting with ethernet. Pretty cool to know.

ipconfig /renew                ... renew all adapters
    > ipconfig /renew EL*            ... renew any connection that has its
                                         name starting with EL
    > ipconfig /release *Con*        ... release all matching connections,
                                         eg. "Wired Ethernet Connection 1" or
                                             "Wired Ethernet Connection 2"
    > ipconfig /allcompartments      ... Show information about all
    > ipconfig /allcompartments /all ... Show detailed information about all

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