- Without an IP configuration, you cannot connect your PC to the WiFi network.
- This problem is usually caused by driver problems but we tackle all possible angles.
- For more guides like this one, visit our WiFi Troubleshooting Hub.
- If you need further assistance, you can get it from our Windows 10 Errors page.
Wi-Fi 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 Wi-Fi is quite useful, some Windows 10 users reported encountering the Wi-Fi doesn’t have valid IP configuration error message.
This error will prevent you from using Wi-Fi, so let’s see how to fix it.
The Wi-Fi doesn’t have valid IP configurationmessage can prevent you from accessing the Internet. There are some variations of this error, and speaking of similar issues, here are the most common ones:
- No valid IP configuration Windows 10 – Can occur due to your antivirus or security settings. You should be able to fix the problem by disabling your antivirus.
- Wi-Fi doesn’t have valid IP configuration Lenovo, HP, Windows 10 Toshiba, ASUS, Surface Pro 4, Dell – Can appear on almost any device, and it’s usually caused by your drivers. Be sure to update your drivers to the latest version.
- Wi-Fi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration unidentified network, no Internet access, no Internet secured – These are some variations of this error, but you can fix all of them by using the solutions from this article.
What can I do if Wi-Fi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration?
1. Uninstall your wireless adapter driver
- Press Windows Key + X and choose Device Manager.
- Locate your wireless device, right-click it, and choose Uninstall.
- If available, check Delete driver software for this device and click OK.
- Restart your PC.
Note: Windows 10 will automatically install the default wireless driver after the restart. If the default driver works well, you can continue using it, but if there are any problems you might have to download the latest driver and install it.
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2. Reset TCP/IP
- Search for cmd and click on Run as administrator to start Command Prompt.
- Enter the following lines:
- Close Command Prompt and restart your PC.
Note: Bear in mind that if you use a static IP address you’ll have to set it again. If the previous commands didn’t work, you might want to try these commands as well:
In case you can’t use CMD to enter the commands listed above, you should check out this troubleshooting guide to fix the problem.
3. Remove your antivirus software
Antivirus software or firewall can often interfere with your Internet connection and cause IP configuration failure. As a workaround, you might want to temporarily remove your antivirus or firewall.
Users reported that Avast and AVG antivirus can cause this issue, and after removing the problematic software the issue was resolved.
Bear in mind that almost any antivirus software can cause this problem, so be sure to temporarily remove all third-party antivirus tools.
Many antiviruses and any other software can’t be uninstalled completely by a regular uninstallation process and they often leave some files behind that can clog your system or prevent a proper reinstallation.
That’s why we recommend to use IObit Uninstaller Pro, a professional tool that will totally eliminate any trace of your antivirus, even from the Registry.
If removing the antivirus software fixes the problem, you can proceed and install the latest version of your antivirus or switch to a different antivirus software.
We would recommend you to switch to Bitdefender Antivirus Plus, which comes with a lot of useful features.
It optimizes your computer’s process activity, a very important thing that might prevent you from a lot of problems that might appear while using your PC (including this type of PC errors).
We definitely recommend you to choose this antivirus as the most compatible and versatile AV for Windows PCs.
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4. Change the wireless SSID and password
It was reported that you can fix Wi-Fi doesn’t have valid IP configuration error by accessing your modem and changing the wireless SSID and password.
To do that, you’ll have to connect your PC with your modem using the Ethernet cable, access your modem and change the wireless SSID and password.
For more details on how to do that, we strongly suggest that you check your modem’s manual.
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5. Set the channel width to Auto
- Press Windows Key + X and select Network Connections from the menu.
- Right-click your wireless connection and choose Properties from the menu.
- Click the Configure button and go to the Advanced tab.
- Locate 802.11n Channel Width for band 2.4 and set it to Auto.
- Click OK to save changes.
6. Set your IP address manually
- Press Windows Key + X and choose Network Connections.
- Right-click your wireless network and choose Properties from the menu.
- Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click the Properties button.
- Select the Use the following IP address option and enter the IP address, Subnet mask, and Default gateway (you might have to enter different data).
- After you’re done, click the OK button.
Note: You’ll have to enter the DNS server manually. We used Google’s Public DNS, but you can also use 192.168.1.1 as your Preferred DNS server.