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How To Fix Wi-Fi doesn’t have valid IP configuration on Windows 10

Fix for Wi-Fi doesn’t have valid IP configuration – Wi-Fi issues are probably the most annoying you can ever encounter especially in this age when everything seems to be wireless. Although, this issue is fairly normal for wireless devices, when yours won’t connect, it feels as if, it is useless.

The error message “WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” indicates that there is an issue with your PC TCP/IP stack. TCP/IP stack is a set of network protocol layers that can work negatively together to result in an interruption to your internet service. You might have experienced connectivity issues driving you to run Windows Troubleshooter and ended up getting this message. Sadly, Windows Troubleshooter only detects the problem but does not always provide solutions. You have to figure it out yourself.

Fix for “Wi-Fi doesn’t have valid IP configuration”

The configuration setback may be caused by different issues such as faulty network, incorrect network settings, hardware issues, network problems, etc., In this write up is a list of work arounds and methods you can try to get your device connected again.

Method 1. Reset TCP/IP

TCP/IP is Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol, is a suite of communication protocols used to interconnect network devices on the internet. This is the first thing you will have to check when dealing with connectivity issues.

  • Type Command Prompt on the search field upon clicking the Search button (magnifying glass).
  • Choose Run as Administrator by Right clicking on the Command Prompt.
  • Click Yes on security dialog box.
  • On the Command Prompt box
    • Type netsh winsock reset and hit enter
    • Type netsh int ip reset and hit enter
  • Exit out of the Command Prompt
  • Reboot your system and see if the issue goes away.

Method 2. Release and renew IP address

Note that Method 1, most of the time fixes the issue with IP configuration but, if you use static IP Address, you have to set it up too. If the commands above does not work here’s another you can try.

  • Type Command Prompt on the search field upon clicking the Search button (magnifying glass).
  • Choose Run as Administrator by Right clicking on the Command Prompt.
  • Click Yes on security dialog box.
  • On the Command Prompt box
    • Type ipconfig /release and hit enter
    • Type ipconfig /flushdns and hit enter
    • Type ipconfig /renew and hit enter

Method 3. Check Wired Autoconfig service

If methods 1 and 2 have been tried and issue still persists, check and make sure Wired Autoconfig service and WLAN autoconfig service are running and their Startup type is set Automatically.

  • Press on Windows +R
  • On the Run dialog box, type services.msc
  • Click OK
  • Double-click on Wired Autoconfig to open the Properties window.
  • Ensure that the Startup type is set to Automatic and the status of service is running.
  • Click Apply to save changes
  • Double click on WLAN AutoConfig.
  • Ensure that the Startup type is set to Automatic and the status of service is running.
  • Click Apply to save changes.
  • Reboot your system and see if the issue goes away.

Method 4. Uninstall wireless adapter driver

The problem may alsobe due to a faulty network driver. Try to uninstall the wireless adapter driver and allow Windows to reinstall the driver.

  • Type Device Manager on the search field upon clicking the Search button (magnifying glass).
  • On the Device Manager window, expand categories “Network adapters”. Right-click on wireless device and select Uninstall.
  • Click “OK” button to confirm the Uninstall. If you witness “Delete the driver software for this device” at the bottom corner check the box next to it before pressing OK.
  • Reboot your system. Once it comes back up, it will automatically install those devices uninstalled.
  • See if the issue goes away.

Method 5. Set Your IP Address Manually

When you connect to Wi-Fi, you are usually given an IP address, and this process is performed by DHCP. When DHCP fails to receive a valid IP address because something is wrong then the Valid IP configuration issue arises.

  • Right click on the Start button and select Network Connections
  • In the Network status window, click “Change adapter options” to view network adapters and change connection settings.
  • As you are seeing the network connection type, you will also see your wireless connection here. Right click on your connection and click Properties.
  • Click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.
  • Mark “Use the following IP address:” and “Use the following DNS server addresses:”, and then type the IP address, subnet mask and default gateway, preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server.
    • If your router LAN IP address is 192.168.1.1, you can set the IP address to 192.168.1.x (x is a number from 2 to 253), subnet mask to 255.255.255.0 and default gateway to 192.168.1.1.).
  • Click OK to apply changes.
  • Reboot your system and see if issue goes away.

Method 6. Change wireless SSID and password

You may resolve this issue by accessing your modem / router and changing the wireless SSID and password.

  • Launch an Internet browser and type 192.168.1.1 into the address bar.
  • Insert the user name and password of router when asked.
  • The default user name is admin. The default password is password.
  • Click OK.
  • The BASIC Home page displays.
  • Select Wireless.
  • In the Name (SSID) field type your new user name.
  • In the Password (Network Key) field insert your new password that you wish to set.
  • Click the Apply button.
  • Reboot your system and see if issue goes away.

Method 7. Set the channel width to Auto

Channel width specifies how much bandwidth your radio is using within the available spectrum. Using more bandwidth can speed up your wireless network, but it can also cause more interference for adjacent access points.

  • Right click on the Start button and select Network Connections
  • In the Network status window, right click Wireless Connection.
  • Choose Properties.
  • Click Configure button and go to the Advanced Tab.
  • Find 802.11n Channel Width for band 2.4 and set it to Auto.
  • Click OK to save changes.
  • Reboot your system and see if the issue goes away.

Method 8. Change the number of DHCP users

Each time a computer, smart phone or another device accesses your local network, the router assigns an Internet Protocol address to the device. Most routers come with a default setting of 50 user devices, but you can increase or decrease this.

  • Launch an Internet browser and type 192.168.1.1 into the address bar.
  • Insert the user name and password of router when asked.
  • The default user name is admin. The default password is password.
  • Click OK.
  • The BASIC Home page displays.
  • Click Network Setup.
  • Click Network Address Server Settings (DHCP).
  • Delete “50” in the “Maximum Number of DHCP Users” input box and replace it with your preferred number of users up to the maximum limit of 253.
  • Reboot your system and see if issue goes away.

Method 9. Perform a Clean boot

You can also try to fix this problem by performing a clean boot of your Windows 10 operating system. To start Windows using a minimum drivers and startup programs a clean boot is performed.

  • Type System Configuration on the search field upon clicking the Search button (magnifying glass).
  • When System Configuration is opened, select “Selective startup” so you can make changes and unmark “Load startup items”.
  • Mark the “Hide all Microsoft services” checkbox after going to the “Services” tab.
  • Go to the “Startup” tab and click “Open Task Manager” – this will allow you to manage startup items using Task Manager.
  • In opened Task Manager window, you will see a list of startup applications. Right-click each enabled application and disable it. There is a “Disable” button on the bottom-right corner if you want to use that.
  • Reboot your system and see if issue goes away.

Method 10. Remove your antivirus software

There are reports from users that antivirus software is associated with the “WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” error.

  • Right click on the antivirus icon on your notification tray and select disable.

Or;

  • Double click the antivirus icon on your notification tray and choose Disable from the pop up menu.
  • Type Windows Firewall on search then select system security on the list.
  • On the next window, click Windows Firewall. On the left pane click Turn Windows Firewall on or off.
  • Select turn off. Apply the changes and reboot your PC. Try to run the updates and see if the error goes away.

These steps will most likely fix your “Wi-Fi doesn’t have valid IP configuration on Windows 10” issue. But, if not feel free to share on the comment box below.

Updated: December 17, 2018 — 11:01 am

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