January 16, 2020 at 6:51 pm #84113TobiParticipant@tobi
The upgrade from wired internet connection to Wi-Fi has been a smooth transition for most of us in the digital age. Wi-Fi has helped in situations where we didn’t want to deal with tangled or short wires. The ergonomics of our productive spaces have improved a lot since Wi-Fi’s advent. Even with all its great benefits, many Windows 10 users have been dealing with an error message Wi-Fi does not have a valid IP configuration.
The problem with this error is substantial enough to prevent you from accessing Wi-Fi. This error also prevents you from having any internet access. Because of its regular occurrence, there are different variations that might be associated with the error.
These are some of the regularly seen variations of the Wi-Fi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error:
No valid IP configuration Windows 10: Antivirus and security programs can tamper with your PC’s IP configuration. Your settings for your PC’s security is one of the top causes for this error. Because of this, you might just find a quick fix by disabling your antivirus.
HP, ASUS, Dell, Lenovo, Surface Pro 4, Toshiba Windows 10, Acer “WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error“: The error is popular with most of the common devices and manufacturers in today’s market. Usually, it’s caused by driver errors in your PC. To prevent any future occurrences of the issue, make sure you update your PC’s drivers to the newest version and check if the error is resolved.
“WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” No internet access, Unidentified network, No Internet secured: These are common variations of the error that can be fixed with the solutions we will provide in this article.
10 Ways to Fix Wi-Fi doesn’t have valid IP configuration
1. Reset TCP/IP Configuration
The error message is commonly associated with an IP configuration failure. Therefore, it is a no-brainer to try resetting your TCP/IP from your PC’s Command Prompt program. To do that, we have created some steps for you to follow:
1.) Open Command Prompt. Press the Windows Key and type in Search “cmd”, Right-click on the Command Prompt application and click on Run as Administrator. Alternatively, hold the Windows Key and R on your keyboard to open the Run box, then type “cmd” and press Enter.
2.)With the Command Prompt program opened, type the following:
netsh winsock reset
netsh int ip reset
3.)Close the Command Prompt and restart your computer.
This fix usually works for most users with the IP configuration error. However, if your IP is static i.e. an IP manually configured for your PC, you will have to set it up again. If this fix did not work, try each of the commands below, while following the same steps.
2. Change the SSID and Password to your WiFi
Another common fix is to change the SSID (name) of your WiFi and the password. You can do this by accessing your modem’s settings and manually changing these properties to something completely different.
The process involves using an Ethernet cable with your PC to access your modem. This will require you to type your current modem password. After that, you can change the SSID and password. Different types of modems are present today and the process will vary between users. But, to save yourself the trouble, simply pick up the manual to your modem and you’ll find the necessary information required to successfully do this.
3. Set your PC’s Channel Width to Auto
You can also try this solution to the Wi-Fi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error which is to set the channel width of your PC to Auto. This is how to do it:
1.) Hold the Windows Key and press X on your keyboard to select Network Connections from the drop-down menu.
2.) Once the Network Connections window is opened, click on Change adapter options. After this, you’ll right-click on your WiFi connection and select Properties. In the Properties page, click on Configure and go to Advanced from the tabs above.
3.) Check for 802.11n Channel Width for band 2.4 and change this setting to Auto.
Note: This setting might not be available for some types of networks. Typical networks without this setting include Office and School networks due to the fact that it is not a single router connection.
4.) Click on Ok to save the changes.
4. Manually set your IP address
When you are connected to a wireless network, an IP address is usually given to you. This is done through a process from DHCP. However, when an issue exists with DHCP, you will receive the IP configuration error.
To solve this, you can manually assign an IP address to your Windows 10 PC. This is how to do that:
1.) Hold the Windows Key and press X on your keyboard. Select Network Connections.
2.) Once the Network Connections window is opened, click on Change adapter options. After this, you’ll right-click on your WiFi connection and select Properties.
3.) Choose the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on the Properties button.
4.) Once you’ve opened the Properties window, choose Use the following IP address and fill in the IP address, Subnet mask, and Default gateway. The settings for these categories might vary between configurations. For your DNS server, you can manually choose a DNS. 192.168.1.1 is a good DNS server and in the image below, we chose to use Google’s Public DNS server.
5.) Click on Ok once you’re done with the process.
If this is too complicated, you can choose to turn off the DHCP on your router and configure the settings to assign a static IP address for your PC.
5. Increase the number of DHCP users
A recommended fix from Windows 10 users involves increasing the value for the amount of DHCP users. On some routers, the DHCP users are limited to 50 by default. Unfortunately, this default setting can also cause the Wi-Fi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error.
The best fix is to manually access your router to change the amount of DHCP users. Many users have reported that using this fix helped them resolve the issue. Check the manual to your router to see how to change the amount of DHCP users.
Additionally, users have also suggested fixing the error by manually increasing the number of wireless users on your router’s network.
For example, many routers are only limited to 10 wireless users. When you increase the maximum number of users, the issue might be resolved.
6. Run a clean boot
Many users claim that a possible fix to the IP configuration error is to perform a clean boot on your PC. The reasoning behind this is the fact that a Clean boot will disable third-party applications and all services that are likely to interfere with your wireless internet connection.
Follow these steps to run a Clean boot:
1.) Hold the Windows Key and R on your keyboard to open the Run box, then type “msconfig” and press Enter.
2.) Once you’ve opened Windows Configuration, click on Selective startup and uncheck the box for Load startup items
3.) Next, click on the Services tab, and check the box for Hide all Microsoft services and select Disable all.
4.) Open Task Manager from your Windows Startup tab or Taskbar.
5.) Once you’ve opened Task Manager, you can now see the list of current startup applications on your PC. Right-click on every item on the list and select Disable at the bottom right.
6.) Once you’ve disabled the startup applications, you can close the Task Manager and click on Apply and Ok in the window.
7.) Perform a system restart to bring the changes to effect.
Once you’ve restarted your computer, check to see if the IP configuration error is still an issue. If it is resolved, you might want to take on the tedious task of re-enabling each of the startup services to discover which one is responsible for the error. Once you’ve found it, you can choose to update or uninstall the program.
7. Temporarily remove your antivirus software
An Antivirus or firewall is notorious for causing different types of issues with Windows 10. They can cause an IP configuration failure by interfering with your computer’s internet connection. Because of this, you have to be careful and try temporarily removing or disabling your firewall and antivirus.
Avast and AVG antivirus are the most popular antivirus software with this issue. Once users uninstalled the software, they reportedly had their issue resolved.
Note that this issue can be solved with any antivirus software. So, ensure you disable and temporarily get rid of your third-party antivirus programs to try out this fix.
If your issue is resolved with this method, safely reinstall the latest update to your antivirus program. If you want to feel safer about the error, choose a different antivirus software.
8. Turn on your DHCP
DHCP is the aspect of a network that is in charge of assigning all IP addresses to every device that connects to your network. If you don’t have DHCP enabled, your WiFi is likely to give you this Windows 10 error.
To ensure your DHCP is actually enabled, troubleshoot your network connection.
1.) Hold the Windows Key and press X on your keyboard, select Network Connections.
2.) Right-click on your network adapter and click on Diagnose
3.) The scan might take a while so you have to be patient.
Your IP address can be obtained automatically in the settings so that you can turn on DHCP. The process for this is extremely similar to the fourth solution we provided earlier, so follow that guide. DHCP can also be turned on from your router if you had previously disabled it.
9. Uninstall the wireless adapter driver
Some users have claimed to find a fix for this error through the uninstallation of the wireless adapter driver on their device. This is how you can do it:
1.) Hold the Windows Key and press X on your keyboard, select Device Manager.
2.) Once you’ve opened the Device Manager, find the wireless device for your PC. Now, right-click on it to Uninstall it.
3.) If the option is available, check the box for you to Delete driver software for this device then click Ok.
4.) Once the device is removed, run a system restart.
Once your PC restarts, Windows 10 will recognize the missing driver and automatically install your default wireless driver. If the driver starts working well, continue using the driver. However, if you have any problems, download the newest driver update from the manufacturer and install it.
10. Ensure your security type matches
The IP configuration failure has a variety of triggers for its occurrence. It can be caused by the security type between your PC and your router. If the security type on your PC does not match your router, you might see the error.
Open your router settings page and go to the wireless section to check for the security type used by your router. After this, ensure your wireless adapter has the same security type as your router.
When your IP configuration for your WiFi is facing errors, you will not have any access to the internet which can be frustrating, we hope you were able to find the appropriate fix among the solutions we’ve provided.
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