Windows 2000 / XP Disabling Auto IP-address generation

When Windows2000/XP is configured for TCP/IPto Obtain an IP address automatically” via DHCP, it will first attempt to locate a DHCP-server (which can takes some time ). If no DHCP
server is found on the network, it will use the build-in “Automatic Client Configuration
(sometimes referred to as APIPA ) to assign itself an IP-address in the address-range 169.254.x.x
with Subnet- mask
On a large network with a predefined address range, this is often not required, because it will make
the trouble-shooting of networking problems more difficult when Windows2000 / XPtakes such an
“initiative” on its own. It is possible to de-activate this feature.
(The required changes in the registry are listed on the Microsoft Knowledge base articleQ244268):

You can deactivate the AutoIPgeneration for the complete computer using the Registry-key:
Add the following value to this key: “IPAutoconfigurationEnabled“, Value type: REG_DWORD
Value in hexadecimal: 0 (A value of 0 disables APIPA support on this computer) :

You can deactivate the AutoIPgeneration for just one or more network adapters:
You need to find a registry entry under:

The <adapter> is listed as an internal number .
If you have problems to identify the proper adapter, see the steps below.

Create a new DWORD-key “IPAutoconfigurationEnabled” with the value set to 0 :

When restarting now Windows2000/ XP and no DHCP-server is found on the network,
no IP-address will be assigned:

in a Command-prompt window, run : ipconfig
Windows 2000 IP Configuration
Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection

 Connection-specific DNS SUffix . :
IP Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . .
Default Gateway

the IP-address “” is invalid, it indicates that your system has no IP-address

How to identify the registry key for
your network adapter ?

Check in the Properties of your Network
configuration the EXACT name for your
Network card, as listed under:
Connect using :
( select it by dragging and copy it to the clipboard)

Search now the Registry for that “Adapter Description”, you need to find the “ClassGUID“,
a PCI-network card will be listed under
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\system\CurrentControlSet\Enum\PCI :

with the “ClassGUID”, search in
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\system\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\ for this class”

Check the sub-keys for the proper DriverDescription to match your network card.
and look for the Key “NetCfgInstanceID“, which is identical to your <adapter> number.
if you have multiple matches showing the same DriverDescription, check under the sub-key
Linkage” for the “UpperBind” to be “TCPIP” (just “TCPIP” , not more ! ) :

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