Wi-Fi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration [FIXED]

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • 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.
how to fix Wi-Fi doesn't have valid IP configuration

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

  1. Press Windows Key + X and choose Device Manager.
     device manager dhcp is not enabled for wifi
  2. Locate your wireless device, right-click it, and choose Uninstall.
    uninstall driver Wi-Fi doesn’t have valid IP configuration message
  3. If available, check Delete driver software for this device and click OK.
  4. 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

  1. Search for cmd and click on Run as administrator to start Command Prompt.
  2. Enter the following lines:
    • netsh winsock resetnetsh winsock reset command prompt ip configuration failure
    • netsh int ip resetnetsh int ip reset dhcp is not enabled for wifi
  3. 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:

  • ipconfig/release
  • ipconfig/flushdns
  • ipconfig/renew

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.

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4. Change the wireless SSID and password

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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

  1. Press Windows Key + X and select Network Connections from the menu.
    network connections ip configuration failure
  2. Right-click your wireless connection and choose Properties from the menu.network properties configure button Wi-Fi doesn’t have valid IP configuration message
  3. Click the Configure button and go to the Advanced tab.
  4. Locate 802.11n Channel Width for band 2.4 and set it to Auto.
  5. Click OK to save changes.

Don’t know what Wi-Fi channel to use? Use these amazing Wi-Fi analyzers to help you choose


6. Set your IP address manually

  1. Press Windows Key + X and choose Network Connections.
  2. Right-click your wireless network and choose Properties from the menu.
    network connection properties Wi-Fi doesn’t have valid IP configuration message
  3. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click the Properties button.
    TCP/IPv4 properties how to configure ip address
  4. 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).
    use the following IP address ip configuration failure
  5. 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.

Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page. Need more guides? Visit our dedicated Windows 10 Errors Hub.

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    Yes, unfortunately sometimes the antivirus can interfere with other processes and create problems. We are glad you have managed to fix your issue by using one of our solutions. Come back on our site for more news and fixes.

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  • I tried the first solution and it worked for one time. But when I restarted my laptop, it wont connect to any wifi connection. I tried repeating the above steps but no use. What can i do now.

  • Hello! We are glad to help you! If you have other issues on your Windows PC – check our articles and write us in the comments! 🙂

  • After 3 days trying to solve “Wifi ip configuration not valid issue” using methods mentioned here, I finally connected laptop to my smartphone hotspot and updated the network driver over internet and voila everything is fine. 😉 By the way thanks.

  • Hello, nice video. However, none of showed solution worked to me. Is there anything else that I can do?
    Thanksw
    Ronaldo

    • did you ever get a working answer i have tried them all also to no avail and its only one pc in my house . It can connect to a hot spot just not my internet provider.

  • Thank you so much! I am “computer stupid” and panicked when my computer was giving me this message. I watched your video first and then follow the article steps one at a time. I actually got it right! Thank you, thank you!

  • great information with this type of problem (Wi-Fi doesn’t have valid IP configuration )….I dumped Avast……problem solved………. then installed BitDefender

  • Nope. The Windows 10 interface doesn’t look like this. You can’t “right-click” your connection and choose Properties anymore. You can see your properties but can’t change them. This is sooooo frustrating. Might as well not even have Internet. My “solution” is to disable and enable the network adapter every time I bring up a new site, and that’s getting very old.

  • This worked!!!!!!! WOOO – HOOOOOOOO. Thanks! Solution 1 was perfect. Note: I turned firewall off because according to our PC’s settings it was blocking incoming connections.

  • None of these worked for me, maybe it’s time for a new computer. 🙁 only problem is that I need my computer for job applications.

  • My laptop had been not connecting to the wifi for months. I was tinkering either it again and I found this website. I tried fix number one and it worked! I had my doubts but it worked! Thank you so much!

  • Tried fix number 3 first but didnt’t work. Then I whent for the first one and it worked! Thanks to whoever came up with this.

  • Performing the Clean Boot (Solution 6) did the trick but I’m left wondering which Start Up service caused the problem in the first place. Many thanks though – I would never have sussed the solution without the guidance provided here.

  • Thank you, I almost flipped out because I’ve been having network issues lately, but this time it my PC…(I used the first solution with the cmd ADM

  • Thanks guys,you made an old man very happy, how simple you make things that I could not of done without going to a shop. After spending 3 hours on it, your instruction took 3 minutes that includes re-start.

  • EEEEEEEEEEK, I attempted Solution 6 after a few others had not worked and now Windows will not launch! HELP? I restarted the computer as advised and it turned on, went past initially boot and then stalled at windows launch. Please help me!

  • Much appreciated.
    Thank you so much. I was frustrated with this problem from last 3 months and your 2nd solution work for me.

  • Thank you – I was going round in circles trying to get my wifi back – the first solution worked like magic – smiles all round.

  • I tried the first two resets namely …….net winsock reset AND …….net int ip reset one after the other, I did not check/test after the first reset I just typed the second line and it seems to have corrected the fault. THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH. (I will wait a couple of days to test it and turn it on and off etc. just to make sure all is well.)

  • Words cannot express my Thanx for Solution 6.
    I have spent the better part of the last 48 hours looking for a solution, and this did it.

  • OMG! Solution 1 worked for me! First time I’ve ever been able to resolve an issue like this on my own. I know it was the clear directions, stunningly, actually showing the same thing as my screen, that are responsible, rather than anything I did, but thank you. I found several other “solutions” out there that didn’t work at all.

  • This is an issue that cropped up during the last few days. Solution 1 worked for me. I had to restart after each cammand for it to work. Thanks. You people rock!

  • This was so very useful after 2 hour struggling with a non- valid IP address, and a mobile phone for internet access, following a million rabbit warrens. Thank you so very much.