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Windows 7: Event ID 1001 DHCP Client Lease Validity

19 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro
Event ID 1001 DHCP Client Lease Validity

Probably this error is pretty much a non-issue and I haven't a clue if the affected W7P machine, even runs Windows Server 2008 R2 (or any windows server for that matter).

Is this 'server' thing, software that is by default installed (and I'm guessing it's only used when the machine networks with another machine, home/work groups)?

As for if and what version the W7P machine even 'runs', the only loosely provided instructions I've found (by clicking the event log's link to information about the error), results in a webpage...

Event ID 1001

..which sort of implies to me that the W7P machine might be running 'Windows Server 2008 R2', if only because the event log error report's link led me to that web page's article, ie; the article says it applies to Windows Server 2008 R2.

I tried following the article's mentions of checking to see what version of 'server' that is installed, but step 2 seems too poorly written for me to follow what's actually be said...

Determine if there is a network connectivity problem
To determine if there is a network connectivity problem between the‚ DHCP‚ server and domain controller:
  1. At the DHCP server, click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
  2. At the command prompt, type ping server_FQDN, where server_FQDN is the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the domain controller (for example,, and then press ENTER.
What's unclear to me is where it alludes to...

"..where server_FQDN is the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the domain controller"...

I see the article provides an example, but the example seems as obscure as it's parent reference.

How does a user determine the "fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the domain controller"?

If that obscurity isn't bad enough, the article then lists a second step "1" stating...

"At the command prompt, type ping IP_address, where IP_address is the IP address of the domain controller, and then press ENTER."

..and again I haven't a clue as to what's being said, ie; we're not born with a 'domain controller's IP address' tattooed on our forehead, so how's that detail determined?

Further down in the article, it lists a step 4 stating...

"Type ping IP_address, where IP_address is the IP address assigned to the computer. If you can ping the localhost address but not the local address, there may be an issue with the routing table or with the network adapter driver. "

..and step 5 states...

"Type ping DNS_server, where DNS_server is the IP address assigned to the DNS server. If there is more than one DNS server on your network, you should ping each one. If you cannot ping the DNS servers, this indicates a potential problem with the DNS servers, or with the network between the computer and the DNS servers."

..and as the article doesn't detail how to determine the machine's 'IP Address' and doesn't detail how to determine 'P address assigned to the DNS server', again I'm left reading an otherwise virtually useless article.

What's worse, in that the machine doesn't seem to be experiencing any real issues (so far as I find in using it, nor does the event log list any other errors of significance), I suspect the event log error (1001) probably is a 'simple' result of the machine having once been set up for networking a Workgroup/Homegroup between it and my XP SP3 machine (which while it worked, I ended up deleting the work/home groups and no longer file sharing, because I could only access/share/swap document files from one machine, and not from both machines).

As best as I could, I un-did the networking and file sharing on both machines, but I'm guessing this (never ending event log listing of the 1001 error) is probably due to nothing more than something I've left un-attended to.

Or could this all be nothing more than the event log's reaction to my running the machine with the ethernet cable removed, that and/or in that I keep the WiFi turned off all the time, that and/or because I once set up Bluetooth use.

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24 Jan 2011   #2
Dave M

Windows 7 home

I have been looking at the same page as you, and I too am just as confused about how to follow the instructions. It would be good to fix this problem, but how is it done?

My event viewer shows this error.
Event 1001, Dhcp-Client
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04 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 x64

manually setup on connection>properties>ipv4 tab these: ip (on lan), gateway, subnet mask. (copy from ipconfig , if no data available then check the routers default settings from manual. )
configure your router to get static ip on lan so on connect you dont need to wait till you get one from the router(dhcp server).
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