Wifi Doesn’t Have a Valid IP Configuration: Wifi network is a great choice if you don’t want to deal with wires and if you want to move your laptop to a different location. Although WiFi is quite useful, some Windows 10 users reported encountering the WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error message.
What Is An Invalid IP Configuration?
Before we dive into the fixes, it helps to know a bit about why this error appears. In short, when you connect to WiFi, your router assigns an IP address to your computer so it can get online.
If something goes wrong with the IP configuration, your computer and router won’t be able to communicate. For instance, your computer might try to use a different IP than the router expects it to. This prevents you from reaching the internet, and results in the “doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” error.
Solution 1: Release and renew the IP address
In some cases, this solution would work if there are problems with the network. And many users have reported it helped them with the WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration problem. Follow the steps below and it may work like a charm for you.
1) Open Command Prompt as an administrator.
2) In Command Prompt, type ipconfig /release and hit Enter.
3) Then type ipconfig /renew and hit Enter.
4) Type Exit and hit Enter.
Solution 2: Reset TCP/IP
Follow these steps:
1) Open Command Prompt as an administrator.2) When Command Prompt opens, type netsh winsock reset and hit Enter.
3) Then type netsh int ip reset and hit Enter.
4) Restart your computer and see if the problem resolves.
If the problem persists after you restart the computer, check and ensure the Wired Autoconfig service and the WLAN autoconfig service are running and their Startup type is set Automatically. Follow steps below:
1) On your keyboard, press the Win+R (Windows logo key and R key) at the same tiem to invoke the run box.
2) Type services.msc and click the OK button.
3) Double-click on Wired Autoconfig to open the Properties window.
4) Ensure the Startup type is Automatic and the Service status is Running. After you change the settings, click the Apply button.
5) Double-click on WLAN AutoConfig.
6) Ensure the Startup type is Automatic and the Service status is Running. After you change the settings, click the Apply button.
7) Check to see if the problem is resolved.
Solution 3: Uninstall wireless adapter driver
The problem can also be caused by faulty network driver. Try to uninstall the wireless adapter driver and allow Windows to reinstall the driver.
Follow steps below to uninstall the driver.
1) Go to Device Manager.
2) Expand categories “Network adapters”. Right-click on wireless device and select Uninstall.
3) Then click “OK” button to confirm the Uninstall. If you see “Delete the driver software for this device.” at the bottom corner, before pressing OK, check the box next to it.
If uninstalling the network driver doesn’t work, try to update the drivers. or you’re not confident playing around with drivers manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.
IMPORTANT: To run Driver Easy, you need to have access to the internet. If you can’t access to the internet, you can use the Offline Scan feature of Driver Easy. The Offline Scan feature allows you to download and install the network driver easily even without the internet.
Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.
You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money-back guarantee):
1) Download and install Driver Easy.
2) Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
3) Click the Update button next to a driver to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver (you can do this with the FREE version). Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).
Solution 5: Manually set IP address
If you have a home network with several computers, the IP address of each computer will be automatically assigned. To fix the problem, you can try to reset the IP on the computer that has a network problem.
Follow these steps:
1) Open Control Panel.
2) View by Small icons, click Network and Sharing Center.3) Select Change adapter settings in the left pane.
4) Right-click on WiFi connection (In my case, the WiFi connection is DriverEasy.com_4G.) and click Properties.
5) Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.
6) Select Use the following IP address, then set IP address to 192.168,1.x (You can choose x to any digit number. If you are not sure about this, use 192.168,1.14.). Set Subnet mask to 255.255.255.0 and set IP gateway to 192.168.1.1.
7) Under Use the following DNS server addresses, then set the Preferred DNS server to 188.8.131.52 and set the Alternate DNS server to 184.108.40.206.