WiFi Doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error is a rather annoying problem that is bound to happen at inopportune times.
Most people face this message during internet surfing or when they try to log in to their computers.
There can be many factors to why this error occurs before trying to contact your official internet provider in a panic. It would be best to try out some of the fixes in the article below. Who knows? You might be able to find the solution to that immensely annoying problem.
Solution 1: Update Drivers
Before doing anything, check to see if you have updated your Ethernet or any other network drivers.
- Hold Windows Key and press X.
- Click on Device Manager in the following list that appears.
- Locate Network Adapters and expand it or double click.
- Right-click on your respective wireless adapter driver
- Click on Update Driver
- Select Search automatically for updated driver software. Your Windows will check for the latest update for the adapter. If anything is available, it will automatically download and install it.
Check if the WiFi Doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error has been resolved after this; if not. Proceed to the next step.
Solution 2: Rollback Drivers
It might be possible that there was a network adapter driver update that introduced a bug to the drivers. To rollback drivers, do these:
- Hold Windows key + X
- Click on Device Manager
- Locate Network adapters and double-click it
- Right-click on your respective network driver
- Click on Properties
- Go to Driver
- Click on the Roll Back Driver button if this button is enabled. Otherwise, you cannot perform this option because your network adapter driver has only one version installed on your device.
Check to see if the WiFi Doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error has been fixed by following the second solution; if not. Then again, proceed to the following recommended solution.
Solution 3: Uninstall Drivers
Windows will try to uninstall the general fundamental drivers when the current version of a driver is uninstalled and the computer is restarted.
- Press the Windows key + X
- Click on Device Manager
- Locate and double-click Network adapters
- Right-click your respective network driver
- Choose Uninstall device
- Restart your computer
After the restart, check for the error again; if this error still hasn’t fixed the problem, proceed to the next thing.
Solution 4: Disable or Uninstall Antivirus
Antivirus programs can often interfere with specific network processes due to misidentifying a particular aspect as malware.
- Right-click on the antivirus icon located in your system tray
- Select “Disable” or “Exit“, which is available by your antivirus program. If you don’t see that option, open your antivirus program’s interface and disable it.
To uninstall your antivirus program, do the following:
- Type Control Panel in your search bar
- Click on “Uninstall a program” in the Programs category.
- Locate your antivirus program
- Right-click it and choose “Uninstall.”
Check to see if the issue of WiFi Doesn’t have a valid IP configuration persists; if it does. Proceed to the next step.
Solution 5: Reset Windows Firewall Settings
You could have messed with an internet connection rule in your firewall settings. To restore your settings to default, do the following.
- Press Window Key + R on your screen and type firewall.cpl on the screen
- Click OK
- Click “Restore defaults” in the left panel on the Windows Defender Firewall screen.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to restore your device’s Windows defender firewall setting.
If the network problem still stubbornly resists your efforts to fix it, go to the next step.
Solution 6: Release and Renew IP Address
Releasing and renewing your IP Address with the command prompt can be the quickest solution to the WiFi. Doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error.
- Search on your search bar for “cmd.”
- Select the “Command Prompt” and select “Run as administrator.”
- Type the command ipconfig /release as shown in the above image, and press enter.
- Type another command ipconfig /renew, as shown in the above image, and press enter
- Type “exit” to leave the command prompt
The first command will release your currently assigned IP address to your device, and the second command will renew the IP address to your device.
After performing this solution, you will be assigned a new IP address to your device. If you are having this error, WiFi Doesn’t have a valid IP configuration that persists due to IP address conflicts. Hopefully, your WiFi might work after this. If it doesn’t, proceed as usual to the recommended steps.
Solution 7: Manually entering the IP Information
The WiFi Doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error could very well be happening because your given IP address is not correct. To fix that, do the following:
- Press Window Key + R on your Keyboard
- Type ncpa.cpl in the run command and press enter to open the network connection page.
- Select the network adapter, WiFi or LAN adapter ever you are using
- Right-click on it and go to the properties
- Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
- Click on the Properties
- Select Use the following IP address:
- Check your LAN setting and type the respective LAN IP address, subnet mask and Default Gateway address
- If you don’t know your IP address, Subnet mask or Default gateway, right-click on your network device again in the network connection folder and select “Status.”
- Select Use the following DNS server address:
- Check your LAN setting and type the respective DNS address as shown in the above image
- Click OK to close
Now, your device has been assigned the new IP address manually. This step will solve the WiFi Doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error on your device.
Check your router to see if your other devices can successfully connect to your WiFi. In the case of using a mobile hotspot, reset your mobile network settings to see that the connection is not being blocked in any shape or form.
If you are still getting that error, it would be good to contact an expert technician to check out the issue or your local ISP using a router WiFi.
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