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Why do I not receive a new IP address when I connect my laptop to the network at work?

I take my laptop from home to work and back.  When at home, my router assigns an IP address - allowing me to work.  When I go to work and connect, I do not automatically receive a new IP address (one appropriate to work's network).  If I do ipconfig /release  and then   /renew  I do get a new IP address (but I shouldn't have to do this).

TCP/IP settings are set to automatic.

What am I forgetting?

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maybe you are hibernating? instead of shutting down?
when you plug in at work, are you seeign your old IP still there from home? or simply nothing
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The old IP address (the one it was assigned at home) is still there.
Are you using same IP subnet from work and home network? Or do you persists your alternative IP configuration.
The IP subnets are entirely different.

The laptop came with a program called ConfigFree which seems to be "helping" me too much (meaning: getting in the way).  Can I safely disable this program?
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