14 Fixes For “Wi-Fi Doesn’t Have a Valid IP Configuration” Error

Not being able to connect to the internet can be frustrating because, in today’s world, we depend on the internet for almost anything and everything. So, if you attempt to connect to the Internet and receive an error message that says “Wi-Fi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration.”

WiFi lowdowns can ruin your work productivity and set you back. There could be one too many reasons why you are getting the error message – Wifi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration. You generally receive this error while you troubleshoot your internet connection after not being able to connect to the internet. 

wi-fi doesn't have a valid IP configuration error

The Windows Troubleshooter will only list down the problem but not provide any solution. Not to worry because we got you covered! This error can be fixed by resetting your TCP/IP protocol or changing the wireless SSID and password. Keep reading to find all the ways to fix the “Wi-Fi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” error.

Causes Behind Wi-Fi Doesn’t Have A Valid IP Configuration Error

Needless to say, you won’t be able to connect your system to the wireless internet if your Wifi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration. Generally, the problem is caused due to driver problems. But there could be many other causes as well. Find them listed below:

  • TCP/IP stack issues
  • Faulty network connection
  • Incorrect Network Settings
  • Hardware Problems
  • Network operator issues
  • Windows network services are being disabled, and so on.

14 Ways To Fix WiFi Doesn’t Have A Valid IP Configuration Error

  1. Uninstalling Wireless Adapter Driver
  2. Change Your Wireless SSID And Password
  3. Set the Channel Width to Auto
  4. Set Your Computer’s IP Address Manually
  5. Remove your Antivirus Software
  6. Change the number of DHCP users
  7. Perform a Clean boot
  8. Make sure that DHCP is turned on
  9. Make sure that the security type matches
  10. Update/ Rollback/Uninstall The Drivers
  11. Restore Windows Firewall to Default Settings
  12. Releasing and Renewing IP Address
  13. Reset TCP/IP Stack
  14. Run Antivirus on Your Windows PC

1. Uninstalling Wireless Adapter Driver

If you have a faulty network driver, you might receive the WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error. This can be fixed by uninstalling the wireless adapter driver. Then, your Windows 10 OS will try to reinstall it automatically when you start your computer.

Step 1. Click on the Windows icon in the system tray and type Device Manager in the search box. Click the result that says, Device Manager.

go to device manager

Step 2. Now, the Device Manager window will open up, look for the option that says “Network adapters.” Expand it and then right-click on the device name of your wireless device. 

right click on your wireless network adapter

Step 3. Click on “Uninstall” from the drop-down menu. Click on “Confirm” to confirm the uninstallation procedure. 

click on uninstall to uninstall the network adapter

Step 4. Now, click on OK and then click on the checkbox next to Delete the driver software for this device to delete it. 

Step 5. Then, click on Action and then on Scan for hardware changes. Restart your system for the changes to take effect.

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2. Change Your Wireless SSID And Password

Some users have also reported that the “Wi-Fi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” error can be fixed by accessing the wireless modem. Then, change the wireless SSID along with its password. For this, you need to connect the PC to the modem via the Ethernet cable and then access the wireless modem. Once accessed, you will be able to change the wireless SSID and its password. 

Step 1. Press and hold the Windows key + R key to open the Run dialog box

Step 2. Type in cmd and press the Enter key

Step 3. Now, type ipconfig and copy the IP address that comes up under the Default Gateway field.

Step 4. Open the browser and paste the IP address in your address bar. This will open the login page of your router.

Step 5. The login password for the router will be placed on the back of the router. Else, you could also try typing in the default password, i.e. admin.

Step 6. Once you have logged in, go to SSID and password settings and change both.

3. Set The Channel Width To Auto

Step 1. Press the Windows key + X to choose Network Connections from the menu that comes up.

Step 2. Find the name of your wireless connection and right-click on it. Then, choose Properties from the menu that comes up.

Step 3. Click on the configure button and navigate to its Advanced tab

Step 4. Look for 802.11n Channel Width for the 2.4 band. Then, set it to Auto.

Step 5. Now, click on OK to save the changes

4. Set Your Computer’s IP Address Manually

Step 1. Press the Windows key + X and choose the option that says Network Connections.

Step 2. Right-click on the name of your wireless network and choose the Properties from the dropdown menu.

click on properties

Step 3. Click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and select the Properties option.

double click on internet protocol version 4

Step 4. Now, click on Use the following IP address. You can enter the IP address along with the subnet mask and the default gateway here. In the field for the subnet mask, enter 255.255.0 and then, type in 192.168.1.1 in the field for the Default gateway. You can find these details by entering the command ipconfig in the command prompt.

find the preferred ipv4 address subnet mask and default gateway from ipconfig command

Step 5. Mark the checkbox beside Use the following DNS server addresses and in the field for Preferred DNS server, type in 8.8.8.8. And in the field for an alternate DNS server, enter 8.8.4.4.

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Step 5. Click on the Validate button > OK > OK. Then, Windows Network Diagnostics will detect problems. Then, you will see the following window:

no problems detected by network diagnostics

Click on “Cancel” if no problems are detected and close the previous window. 

5. Remove Your Antivirus Software

It is seen that the antivirus software can often interfere with your wifi network which might lead to the “WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” problem. This is mostly reported to happen in HP and Lenovo laptops. If that is the case, then you can disable or even uninstall the third-party antivirus software on your system to resolve the error. Follow the steps given below to do so:

Step 1. Navigate to the system tray of your system’s desktop and click on the Show hidden icons button located in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Step 2. Now, look for the antivirus icon and right-click on it.

Step 3. Click on Disable from the drop-down menu to disable the antivirus software.

Else, you could also open the antivirus software and look for the disable option. Then, click on it.

If you are comfortable with uninstalling the antivirus software, follow the steps given below:

Step 1. Press and hold the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box

Step 2. Then, type appwiz.cpl in the field and hit the Enter key.

Step 3. Look for your antivirus from the list and then hit the Enter key.

Step 4. Click the Uninstall option and follow the on-screen instructions.

6. Change the number of DHCP users

Some users have found that the “Wifi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” error can be fixed by increasing the number of DHCP users. Generally, routers usually get limited to 50 DHCP users. So, if the number of DHCP users exceeds 50, that could result in this error. 

Fixing this problem requires you to access your router and change the DHCP number of users. It is also recommended that you need to increase the number of maximum wireless users because that could also be the reason behind this error. Go through the manual for your router to know how to manually change the number of DHCP users.

7. Perform a Clean boot

Performing a clean boot can help in getting rid of the software conflicts that might occur after you install a program or update it. Software conflicts can also arise while running a program in Windows. This indicates that you need to disable the third-party apps and services because they might be interrupting your WiFi connectivity.

A clean boot starts the Windows OS with the least set of drivers and startup programs. To execute a clean boot,

Step 1. Type in “system configuration” in the Search box and open the app that shows up in the search result. Else, you can type msconfig in the Run dialog box and click OK.

open system configuration

Step 2. Once the System Configuration window opens up, click on Selective startup to make changes and then unmark the Load startup items.

unmark load startup items in system configuration window

Step 3. Now, go to the Services tab and mark the checkbox that says Hide all Microsoft services. This hides all Microsoft apps and services.

Step 4. Click on Disable all button

click on hide all microsoft services and then click on disable all

Step 5. Now, go to the Startup tab. Click on Open Task Manager, this allows you to manage the startup items via Task Manager.

go to the startup tab of task manager

Step 6. In the Task Manager window, you will get a list of startup applications. Right-click on every enabled application and then disable it. You can also click on the Disable button located at the bottom-right corner.

Step 7. Once you have disabled all the startup applications, you can close the Task Manager and click on Apply, and then OK

disable the startup apps

Step 8. Restart your computer to see if the changes have taken effect and if the error has been resolved. 

8. Make sure that DHCP is turned on

You might have turned off the DHCP earlier. You can turn it on from your router settings. First, let’s check if the DHCP is turned on or not:

Step 1. Click on the Windows icon located on the system tray and type in Network connections in the search box. 

Step 2. From the search results, click on the option that says View Network Connections

Step 3. Find your network adapter and right-click on it. From the drop-down menu, click on Diagnose.

Step 4. The scan will begin. Wait for it to finish to know if your router’s DHCP is on or not. 

9. Make sure that the security type matches

It is seen that sometimes, the Wifi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration problem that arises due to security type mismatch with the router. You need to ensure that the security type of the PC matches the security type of your router. Here’s how you can do so:

Step 1. Visit your router settings page and go to the wireless section.

Step 2. Here, check out the type of security being used. Then, make sure that your wireless adapter uses the same type of security.

10. Update/ Rollback/Uninstall The Drivers

If the “Wifi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” error comes up just after updating the drivers, that means the driver updates might have triggered something in the system. Not to worry, because you can roll back them to a previous point in time when the error was not there. 

However, if you are getting the error time and again, it might be because you haven’t updated your drivers for a long time.

Step 1. Press and hold the Windows key + R that opens the Run dialog box

Step 2. Type in devmgmt.msc or hdwwiz.cpl and then press the Enter key

Step 3. Look for your Network Adapter. Double click on it to open it.

Step 4. Locate the Network Card and then, double-click on it.

Step 5. Visit the Driver tab and click on Update Driver.

Step 6. Now, click on Search automatically which looks for updated driver software. Follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the drivers.

11. Restore Windows Firewall to Default Settings

Step 1. Press and hold the Windows key + R to open the Run command.

Step 2. Type in “firewall.cpl” and press the Enter button

Step 3. Click on Restore Firewalls to Default. In the Restore Default Settings window, click on the Restore Defaults option.

click on restore firewalls to default

Step 4. If you are asked for permission, click on Yes.

give permission to restore firewalls to default

12. Releasing and Renewing IP Address

Step 1. Press the Windows key and in the search box type “cmd.” You could also search for Powershell to type in “cmd” in there.

Step 2. Right-click on the command prompt and click on Run as administrator.

Step 3. Now, type in the following commands, and after each command hit the Enter key:

ipconfig /release

ipconfig /renew

exit

Step 4. Check your wifi connection now.

13. Reset TCP/IP Stack

Step 1. Press the Windows key and go to your search box.

Step 2. Type in cmd or search Powershell and then type in cmd in there

Step 3. Now, right-click on the command prompt option. 

Step 4. Then, click on Run as administrator

Step 5. Type netsh winsock reset catalog and press the Enter key. This resets your Winsock entries.

Step 6. Then, type the following commands and press the Enter button after each of them.

netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log

netsh int ipv6 reset reset.log

The above two commands will rewrite registry keys that are used by the TCP/IP. Then, restart your system to check if the error has been resolved or not.

14. Run Antivirus on Your Windows PC

The “Wifi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” error can also show up if your system is under a virus attack. To tackle this with antivirus software, follow the steps given below:

Step 1. Download and install a good antivirus program.

Step 2. Launch the antivirus software and then, click on Scan.

Step 3. Allow it to scan your system and the antivirus will notify you if any virus or other malware is found. 

Step 4. If a virus is found, you’ll be asked to heal or clean your PC. Allow the cleaning procedure and wait for it to finish. 

Step 5. Once done, restart the system and connect to the WiFi again to check if the error has been resolved.

Wrapping Up

You can easily resolve the “WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” error. It surely is very annoying but if you follow the above-mentioned guide, then you’ll get it fixed in no time. If the wi-fi error persists, then you’ll have to call in an expert or a technician who can fix the router and check your system as well.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I fix the “Wifi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” error?

You can fix the “Wifi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” error by several methods like uninstalling the adapter driver, changing the wireless SSID and password, etc. Other things to try out include manually setting your IP address, resetting TCP/IP stack, and so on. Go through the above article to know more about these methods. 

How do I give my WIFI a valid IP configuration?

You can try several things like releasing and renewing your IP address, manually setting the IP, resetting network protocols, etc. to give your WiFi a valid IP configuration. The above content has a number of fixes that you can try one by one to get rid of this error. 

How do I reset my WiFi IP?

Go to Network Connections > Right-click your network’s name > Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4 > Properties > Fill up the fields under “Use the following IP address.” Check out the section “Set Your Computer’s IP Address Manually” in the above article to get a better understanding and a detailed overview of the topic.

Why does my WiFi say no IP address?

If your Wifi gives the No IP address error, there could be several possible causes behind this like issues with the IP, DNS, proxy, or the Ethernet. It is also possible that your system’s automatically detected location might not match exactly with your actual location. This error usually occurs in Mac systems and you could try removing the remembered WiFi networks, connecting to different WiFi, and changing location to fix it.