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FIX: Computer is stuck on 169 IP address [detailed guide]

Vlad Constantinescu
by Vlad Constantinescu

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  • If you discover that your PC is stuck with a 169 IP address, we have a bunch of suggested fixes to help you out.
  • More often than not, this problem occurs as a result of improper system configuration, but there are exceptions, too.
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If you find your computer stuck with a 169 IP address, it could generally mean either of the following:

  • The DHCP server is temporarily unavailable
  • The computer is not connected properly to the network
  • The computer is not authorized to connect to the network
  • The computer itself was unable to communicate with a DHCP server
  • Your router is wedged or jammed, and thus needs a reboot
  • WiFi or Internet connection isn’t working

The 169 IP range is reserved by Microsoft for private network addressing.

With that in mind, if your computer is configured to obtain an IP automatically, you may get one of those (169).

If this happens, the APIPA (automatic private IP addressing) checks to configure itself automatically with an IP address and a default class B subnet mask.

If you tried to reboot your computer/router and still find your PC stuck with a 169 IP address, we have a few solutions you could try.

What can I do if the Computer is stuck with a 169 IP address?

This post was written by Vlad Constantinescu and was first posted to WindowsReport

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