Wi-Fi does not have a valid IP configuration error

If you are unable to connect to the internet and your computer says “Wi-Fi does not have a valid IP configuration”, below are the troubleshooting tips and how to fix this error.

Wi-Fi does not have a valid IP configuration error

The Wi-Fi does not have valid IP Configuration error can prevent you from connecting to the internet and you may find this error message along with other terms like Unidentified Network, No Internet Access or No Internet Secured.

This error can be caused by a variety of things, from outdated or corrupted drivers, antivirus and security settings to network issues.

1. Power flush modem/router

Separate the Modem/routers from the power source and wait patiently 60 seconds.

After 60 seconds, reconnect the modem router to the power source and wait until all lights turn green.

Now check if your computer can connect to the internet without any error message.

2. Try the network troubleshooter

Start with the built-in Windows 10 network troubleshooter to find and fix this problem.

Go to settings > Network & Internet > Scroll down in the right pane and click Network Troubleshooting.

Network troubleshooter option in Windows 10 settings screen

Wait for the troubleshooter to detect problems and follow the on-screen instructions instructions to fix problems on your computer.

3. Reset the Winsock log

A Winsock reset uninstalls unidentified or malicious network connections from your computer (if any) and restores the computer to its default settings.

Type CMD in the search bar > right click on command prompt and click Execute as administrator Possibility. Type reset netsh winsock in the command prompt window and press the Enter Key.

Run the netsh winsock reset command

Close the command prompt window and Start anew your computer.

4. Release and renew the IP address

Open command prompt as admin > enter ipconfig /release and press the Enter key. This will reveal your computer’s current IP address.

ipconfig release command in windows 10

Enter next ipconfig /renew and press the Enter key to renew your computer’s IP address. Close the command prompt window and start anew your computer.

5. Update the network driver

Right click on the beginning click and click device manager > Expand on the Device Manager screen network adapter > Right click on the WiFi adapter and click Update driver software Possibility.

Update driver software for wireless adapter in Windows 10

Tip: If you see multiple entries, look for something that says Wi-Fi or Network or 802.11b.

On the next screen, click Search automatically for updated driver software.

Wait for your computer to search for the Latest driver software as available for the WiFi adapter. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver software (if available).

6. Uninstall the wireless adapter driver

Right click on the beginning click and click device manager > Expand network adapter Entry > right click on the Wireless adapter and click Uninstall device Possibility.

Uninstall the wireless adapter driver

Check in the confirmation popup Delete driver software for this device option and click Uninstall.

Delete driver software

Restart your computer and Windows should automatically install the correct driver software.

Note: In rare cases, Windows may not install the correct driver. In this case, manually download the driver software from the manufacturer’s website and install it on your computer.

7. Disable the antivirus program

In certain cases, the problem is caused by the antivirus program installed on your computer. Therefore, temporarily disable the antivirus software installed on your computer and see if that helps.

In most cases, you should be able to right-click on the antivirus program program icon on the taskbar and select Deactivate Possibility.

If you cannot find the program icon in the system tray, it should be available in the system tray. If you use Windows Defender, temporarily disable Windows Defender.


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