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Solutions: To change IP address, do hard reset on router

How can I change my IP address? I have Windows Vista and a Linksys router for my laptop.

When you use a router connected to an ISP, your PC's IP address is a Class C unroutable IP address similar to 192.168.1.X (X being a number from 0 to 255).

Your real IP address is actually assigned to your router from your ISP, and that is the address the outside world sees as your IP address.

To change your Linksys IP address, you will need to do a hard reset on the router. There should be a small reset button on the back of the router that you will need to press (with a pin) and hold for 30 seconds.

Note that this resets the router back to factory settings, which means any settings you've changed (like the router password and/or your specific ISP settings) are lost.

Before you do this, log in to the Admin screen of your router ( through your browser) and make note of those settings so you can re-enter them after the reset. When your router connects to your ISP, it should now bring down a different IP address.

I recently purchased a new computer with a Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. I installed my licensed Office 2003 software and successfully obtained a confirmation number using my product key.

However, now each time I open the Office programs, I have to newly agree to the license conditions. The new computer also had Office 7 trial version installed, which I uninstalled, and it has Microsoft Works installed, as well.

Is the annoying reappearance of the license agreement working as designed, or is there something that I can do to eliminate this annoying request?

This problem is permission-based, but I'm not sure why it happens only on particular systems.

It may have something to do with installing Office 2003 before uninstalling the Office 2007 trial.

Anyway, the solution is simple, so no need for further musings.

Go to your start menu and enter "winword" in the search box, then right-click the returned results Winword program entry and select "Run as administrator."

When Word starts, click accept, and that should be the end of it. Repeat for Excel and the other Office executables.

Send questions to or Personal Tech, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Questions are answered only in this column.

Solutions: To change IP address, do hard reset on router 03/21/10 [Last modified: Sunday, March 21, 2010 4:30am]
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