How to “Fix WIFI Doesn’t Have a Valid IP Configuration” Error

In Microsoft Windows 10, people face a “Wifi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” error. That is really frustrating to them because it won’t allow them to use the internet.
Let us guide you on how to fix “wifi doesn’t have valid IP configuration”, so you can go online easily.

What is an invalid IP Configuration?

Before starting the procedure of fixing, You need to know why this error happens. When a computer is connected to wifi, your router gives an IP address to your computer to get you online. If the IP configuration is wrong, your computer and router will not be able to communicate with each other. At that time, your computer tries to connect to the internet through a different IP address than the IP that the router expects. This generates the error “Wifi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” that prevents you to connect to the internet
Let’s start resolving this issue.

How to Fix WIFI Doesn’t Have a Valid IP Configuration

There are multiple ways to solve the “Wifi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” error. Restarting your pc can solve it if it has any glitch or something configured wrong.

Method 1: Restart your computer

First, restart your computer because most of the troubleshooting process should start from the clean state of the computer. The error may be due to a temporary hiccup. Before going deep into error fixing, you should begin from a clean state by restarting your computer.

Method 2: Restart your router

The second method to fix the networking issue is to restart the router. The error may be from your router because the IP is provided by the router to your computer. Like restarting your computer, a quick restart of the router may solve the error. It will clear the short glitches.
If the error is still not resolved then we have to do some more advanced steps.

Method 3: Renew and release your IP Address

By using the command prompt, you can release your previous IP Address and get a new one. This can resolve the error from the computer side.
To release the previous IP, press the Window + X  and select Windows Powershell(Admin).
Run these commands one after another:

  • ipconfig/release
  • ipconfig/renew

This way your computer will get the new IP and you will be back online. If you are still facing the error then keep reading, we will surely resolve this error.

Method 4: Reset Network Protocols (TCP/IP)

Now, you should try resetting network protocols(Transmission control protocol/internet protocol). This also needs to run some commands again.
Press Window + X and again select Windows Powershell(Admin).
Run these commands one after another:

  • netsh winsock reset
  • netsh int ip reset

This will reset the network protocols of your computer.

Method 5: Reinstall Your Network Adapters

To update or uninstall your wireless drivers, press Window + X and select the device manager. Find Network Adapter and click on the down arrow on the left side of network adapters. Right-click on the network adapters option and select the Update driver option.

Update wireless Network Adapter

If you are still facing the error, try reinstalling the driver using the above method. This time you have to click on uninstall device option. This will uninstall the drivers. You need to reboot your computer to install drivers again. This will Probably solve your error.

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Method 6: Check the IP address settings

Your router uses DHCP(Dynamic host configuration protocol) by default to assign an IP address to your computer. In the past, if you have configured the IP address manually that can cause the “wifi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” error.
To solve this we need to change the IP address settings to automatically.

Press Window + I and select network & internet>status. Select change adapter settings. Double click on your wifi connection. You will see a window that contains your connection information. At the bottom, click properties and double click on internet protocol version 4 from the list. Here you change your IP settings.

Network setting properties

Most computers have the “obtain an IP address automatically” option selected if that’s the case, then you don’t need any changes. But if not you have to select the option “Obtain the IP address automatically”.

Check the IP Address settings

Method 7: Check for Malware or Uninstall Antivirus Software

You should check if the error was happening because of Malware, you should try to scan the computer for Malware. Sometimes, malware messes with your network settings to prevent you from using the internet. While the error “WIFI doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” is not caused by malware it can still solve the error.

Scan your computer with the windows defender or any other antivirus software. If you can download software Malwarebytes on any other computer, download it and copy it to the affected computer to run an anti-malware scan.

Also, try to disable or uninstall the antivirus and you may be able to use the internet. Sometimes third-party software changes the normal network settings, so disabling or uninstalling your antivirus can solve the error.

Method 8: Increase DHCP Users

increase DHCP number of users
Image credit: Linksys

There is a limit on the number of devices you can connect with your router. In most cases, it is set by default. If there are lots of users using the wifi, there’s a chance you have reached the total number of limits. Which can create the error “WIFI doesn’t have a valid IP configuration”.
You need to increase the number of limits by logging in to your router. Find the DHCP settings and increase the maximum number of DHCP users.

Method 9: Reset network settings.

Reset Network Settings

This is the last step to solve the error “WIFI doesn’t have a valid IP configuration”. Till now you have tried major fixes. There may be a deep-rooted issue that causes this error.
Go to settings> Network & Internet>status and click on network reset and select reset now. This process will restart your computer. After restarting reconnect your wifi and your issue will be resolved.

Method 10: Run Windows Troubleshooter

The Windows Troubleshooter can still help you in solving this issue. Go to settings or use the shortcut Win + X to access settings in Windows 10. In settings, you will find the “Network & Internet”. A new window will appear and you will see some options in the left panel. Select Status from the left panel and Network Troubleshooter from the right panel. Wait for the troubleshooting process to complete. See if the error “wifi doesn’t have a valid ip configuration” is solved or not.

Conclusion:

The main steps of fixing the error “WIFI doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” includes restarting your computer, restarting your router, Renew and releasing your IP address, Reset network protocols, Reinstall your network adapters, checking the IP address settings, Check for Malware and Uninstalling your antivirus software, Increase DHCP users, Reset Network Settings.

Umar Farooq
Umar Farooq
Umar Farooq is a digital Evangelist having right commands on writing, also he is a web developer. He has a BS(Computer Science) and now he is Full-Time writer of TechanZone.

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