How to Resolve “Wifi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” Error on Windows 10

A common network error in Windows is the “Wifi does not have a valid IP configuration” error message. When this error is reported by a network diagnostic tool, the solution to the problem is up to you, as it is one of the few Windows network errors for which there is no automatic solution.

The most common causes and solutions for this error are described below.

What causes the “Wifi does not have a valid IP configuration” message?

You may have received this error message during troubleshooting. Unfortunately, the Windows Troubleshooter usually just finds problems but doesn’t offer any solutions – you’ll have to solve the problem manually.

The configuration problem can be caused by several reasons, including a faulty network, improper network settings, hardware issues, problems with your carrier’s network, disabling Windows network services, etc.

How to troubleshoot the “Wifi does not have a valid IP configuration” problem?

Launch the network card troubleshooter

  1. Press Windows+X and select Network Connections.
  2. Select Network Troubleshooter.
  3. Select Wi-Fi. Then select Next and follow the on-screen instructions to troubleshoot any problems.

Reset your wireless network adapter

Turning off and then turning on your computer’s wireless network adapter again is another effective solution to connectivity problems in Windows 10.

  1. Press Windows+R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type ncpa.CPL and select OK.
  3. When the Network and Sharing Center appears, right-click on the wireless network adapter and select Disconnect.
  4. Wait up to 10 seconds.
  5. Right-click the Wi-Fi adapter again and select Enable.

Update your computer’s IP address lease

If restarting the router or disabling/reactivating the wireless network adapter didn’t solve the problem, you need to force your computer to renew its IP address lease. To do this, you can run several commands using Windows PowerShell.

  1. Press Windows+X and select Windows PowerShell.
  2. Execute the following commands in sequence by pressing Enter:
    ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /flushdns (optional)
    ipconfig /refresh
  3. Exit Windows PowerShell.

Reinstall the wireless network adapter

If you still get the “Wi-Fi does not have a valid IP configuration” error message, you need to uninstall and reinstall the wireless network adapter on your computer. This should ensure that the driver is not corrupted.

  1. Press Windows+X and select Device Manager.
  2. Expand the network adapter.
  3. Right-click on the wireless network adapter and select Disable Device.
  4. Select Yes.
  5. Right-click the wireless adapter again, and select Uninstall Device.
  6. Restart your computer, and the wireless adapter should reinstall automatically.

Obtaining an IP address automatically

Have you configured your PC’s wireless adapter with a custom IP address and DNS settings? If so, you should automatically get these settings again.

  1. Press Windows+R to open the Run dialog box. Then type ncpa.CPL and select OK.
  2. Right-click on the Wi-Fi adapter and select Properties.
  3. On the Network tab, double-click Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties.
  4. Select the radio buttons next to Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for Internet Protocol version 6 (TCP/IPv6) properties.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Reset your wireless network adapter settings.
  2. Renew your PC's IP address lease.
  3. Reset the TCP/IP stack.
  4. Reinstall the wireless network adapter.
  5. Obtain an IP address automatically.
  6. Change the SSID and password of your router.
  7. Run the network card troubleshooter.

The message "Invalid IP address" indicates a problem with your computer's network configuration. Without a valid IP address, your computer will not be able to use the network. There are a number of reasons why an IP address may not be valid, such as addressing conflicts with other computers or network configuration problems.

  1. Go to Settings -> Network and Internet -> Wi-Fi.
  2. Tap the network for which you want to change the IP address.
  3. Select Forget.
  4. Tap the network in the list of available Wi-Fi networks.
  5. Select Advanced Settings.
  6. Tap DHCP.
  7. Select Static.
  8. Scroll down and fill in the fields for the IP address.

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