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Wifi or Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP Configuration [Solved]

Wifi or Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP Configuration mostly occurs when your computer fails to get an IP address from the router side or DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) server. Mainly your device needs an IP address to communicate with network and network, As your PC doesn’t have a valid IP configuration you may experience No internet access or limited access. Well most of the time, this problem causes due to faulty driver or network configuration. Again this error also occurs when a router has an issue.

Ethernet Doesn’t Have A Valid IP Configuration

To fix the Ethernet that doesn’t have a Valid IP Configuration error check the connections, disable fast startup, configure the IP address and DNS server, and update the network driver and other solutions listed below.

First, try to restart both the computer and router and check again for IP error. This will clear temporary glitches that may present there and prevent getting an IP address from the DHCP server.

In addition disconnect VPN (If configured on your device) because this may cause a conflict and prevent getting a valid IP address from the DHCP server.

Pro tip: Sometimes the answer to your Ethernet problems is as simple as unplugging and plugging the cable.

Check DHCP client service

If due for some reason the DHCP client service is not started or stuck your device might fail to get a valid IP address from the DHCP server. In such a case, you need to check or restart the DHCP client service following the steps below.

  • Press Windows key + R, type service.msc and click ok
  • This will open the windows service console, scroll down to locate DHCP client service,
  • Right-click on it and select restart, If the service is not started then double click on it to open its properties,
  • change the startup type automatic and start the service next to service status.
  • Click apply and ok, now check if your device gets a valid IP address from the DHCP server.

Restart DHCP client service

Check Network Adapter Settings

  • Press Windows key + R key type ncpa.cpl and click ok to open the network connection window,
  • Locate your active network adapter for example wifi adapter or Ethernet right-click on it and click on properties.
  • Now, double click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
  • Select these options Obtain an IP Address Automatically and Obtain DNS Server Address Automatically.
  • Now, restart your computer and router.


Reinstall Network Adopter

Most of the time outdated driver software for network adapters causes different Internet problems and fails to get valid IP from the DHCP server. If there are any problems with the network adopter driver, reinstalling the driver will solve the issue.

  • Press Windows key + R key to open RUN and type hdwwiz.cpl and hit enter.
  • This will open the device manager and display all installed device driver lists,
  • locate and expand network adaptors, right-click on Ethernet connection and click uninstall.
  • Now, restart your computer, and it should reinstall drivers automatically.

If it doesn’t reinstall the drivers automatically, then download them from the manufacturer’s websites and install them manually.

Reset network configuration settings

Perform the following commands below to reset the network configuration for your device, flush the DNS cache, release the current IP and force the DHCP server to get a valid IP address for your device.

  1. Press the Windows key + S and type CMD, right-click on it, and run as administrator.
  2. In the command prompt, type netsh Winsock reset and hit enter.
  3. Now, type netsh int IP reset and hit enter and restart your computer.
  4. Now, open the command prompt again and type IPconfig /release, IPconfig /flushdns, IPconfig /renew, and hit enter after typing each of these commands.
  5. Now restart your computer and check the internet connection status.

In addition, sometimes antivirus software blocks some network files and other core system files, so to solve the error, try disabling the

antivirus software.

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