WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration Error – Windows

Some Windows users reported Wi-Fi doesn’t have valid IP configuration error message. This error message will prevent you from using Wi-Fi. WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error is caused because of a miss match in the IP address configuration

The configuration problem can be caused by several issues such as a faulty networks, hardware issue, incorrect network settings, network problems from your network operator, disabled Windows network services and other reasons.

Error message:

Troubleshooting was unable to automatically fix all of the issues found. You can find more details below.
"WiFi" doesn’t have a valid IP configuration

In most cases, Windows Troubleshooting may just find issues but not provide fixes. Issue “WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” is the case. You need to solve it manually.

Fix WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration Error – Windows

Fix Error #1: Reset network settings and Flush DNS.

Due to misconfiguration of DNS or Network Settings, this error is caused. Flushing DNS and Resetting Network Settings may resolve this error. There are different Command available to Flush DNS, renew, release, etc. using which Wi-Fi doesn’t have valid IP configuration Error Message can be fixed in many cases. You need to open Command Prompt to perform these actions.

  1. Click on Windows button and Search for cmd and you will get Command Prompt as a search result. (Right click on it & select Run as administrator option)
  2. A Command Prompt window will popup. In Command Prompt, enter the following lines. You can Copy the Command given below & paste it in Command Prompt & Press Enter to run them. (You need to press Enter after each line of command and wait for the process to complete before you go to the next line.) Note: Run all the Commands One by One.
  3. ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /all
    ipconfig /flushdns
    ipconfig /renew
    netsh int ip set dns
    netsh winsock reset
  4. Once you successfully run all these listed commands, just restart your system or computer or windows and that’s it.

Fix Error #2: Disable and Enable your Network Interface Card (NIC)

  1. Press Windows Key + R then type ncpa.cpl and hit Enter.
  2. Right-click on your wireless adapter and select Disable.
  3. Again right-click on the same adapter and this time choose Enable.
  4. Restart your and again try to connect to your wireless network and see if you’re able to Fix WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error.

Fix Error #3: Changing DNS settings

The DNS server your computer automatically obtains may not respond sometimes which might cause the Wi-Fi doesn’t have valid IP configuration issue. That is why you need to change the DNS server address to a more reliable one like Googles or OpenDNS.

  1. Right-click on Windows Logo & select Network Connections option.
  2. Right-click on your Active Network (your Active Internet Connection that you are currently using and select Properties option)
  3. From the list of Options, find and select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties button situated at the bottom right side.
  4. A new window will pop up. Just check Use below preferred and alternate DNS addresses and Enter the given DNS settings in it. Preferred DNS Server:   Alternate DNS Server:
  5. Press OK button to save the settings.

Fix Error #4: Update/Re-install Network Adapter

Another common solution that will fix many issues with networking connectivity is to update your network adapter.

  1. Press Windows key + R key and type “devmgmt.msc” in Run dialogue box to open device manager.
  2. Expand Network adapters, then right-click on your Wi-Fi controller (for example Broadcom or Intel) and select Update Drivers.
  3. In the Update Driver Software Windows, select “Browse my computer for driver software.
  4. Now select “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
  5. Try to update drivers from the listed versions.
  6. Once the update is complete, reset the adapter by disabling it and then enabling it from the Device Manager screen.
  1. Press Windows Key + R then type services.msc and hit Enter.
  2. Now make sure the following services are started and their Startup type is set to Automatic:
    DHCP Client 
    Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup 
    Network Connection Broker 
    Network Connections 
    Network Connectivity Assistant 
    Network List Service 
    Network Location Awareness 
    Network Setup Service 
    Network Store Interface Service 
    WLAN AutoConfig
  3. Right-click on each of them and select Properties.
  4. Make sure the Startup type is set to Automatic and click Start if the service is not running.
  5. Click Apply followed by OK.
  6. Reboot your PC to save changes.

Fix Error #6: Perform a Clean boot

Some users claim that you can fix this problem by performing a Clean boot. By using Clean boot you’ll disable all third-party applications and services that might be interfering with your wireless connection. To perform Clean boot do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + R on your keyboard and enter msconfig. Press Enter or click OK.
  2. When Windows Configuration window opens, select Selective startup and uncheck Load startup items.
  3. Go to Services tab, check Hide all Microsoft services and click Disable all button.
  4. Go to Startup tab, and click Open Task Manager.
  5. When Task Manager opens you’ll see a list of startup applications. Right click each item on the list and choose Disable.
  6. After you disable all startup applications close Task Manager and click Apply and OK in Windows Configuration window.
  7. Restart your computer.
  8. After restarting your computer check if the issue is resolved. If the problem doesn’t appear, you might want to enable the disabled services and applications and find the one that is causing this issue so you can remove it or update it.

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