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 in the middle of their internet surfing activities or as soon as they try to log in their computer.
There can be many factors to why this error occurs, before trying to contact your official internet provider in a panic. You should try out some of the fixes that will be listed in this article below. Who knows? You might be able to just 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 networks drivers or not.
- 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 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 Roll Back Driver button, if is this button is enable. 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 next recommended solution.
Solution 3: Uninstall Drivers
Windows will try to uninstall the general basic drivers when the current version of a driver is uninstalled and the computer is restarted after.
- Press 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 certain network processes due to them misidentifying a certain aspect as that of a malware.
- Right click on the antivirus icon located in your system tray
- Select “disable” or “Exit“, which ever is available by your antivirus program. if you don’t see that option, open your antivirus program’s interface and disable it from there.
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 still persists, if it does. Proceed to the next step.
Solution 5: Reset Windows Firewall Settings
You could possibly 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 in the screen
- Click OK
- On the Windows Defender Firewall screen, Click on “Restore defaults” in the left panel
- Follow the on screen instructions to restore the Windows defender firewall setting on your device.
If the network problem is still stubbornly resisting 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 usage of 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
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 still persists due to IP address conflicts, Hopefully your WiFi might work after this. If it doesn’t, proceed as usual to the next 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 which 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, then 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 assigned the new IP address manually. This step will definitely solve the WiFi Doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error on your device.
Make sure to check your router if your other devices are able to successfully connect to your WiFi, or in case of using a mobile hotspot, reset the settings of your mobile network itself to see that the connection is not being blocked in any shape or form.
If you are still getting that error, it would be a good time to contact an expert technician to check out the issue or your local ISP if you are using a router WiFi.
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