- 1 FIX WiFi Doesn’t Have Valid IP Configuration on Windows 10
Wi-Fi is the most convenient internet mode of access to rely on. Ethernet cable is location bound and provides lesser advantages over Wi-Fi for current network demands of devices. One Wi-Fi router can provide sufficient bandwidth for all the devices to connect to parallelly. Hence it is a wiser choice. But sometimes users have reported a common WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error in devices like Windows 10.
This error prevents you from accessing the Wi-Fi. To resolve this, there are few workarounds suggested in this article. Go ahead and try one or more solutions to fix the issue.
FIX WiFi Doesn’t Have Valid IP Configuration on Windows 10
Best ways to reset TCP/IP is using the netsh command.
To do this press the Windows + X key and select Command Prompt (Admin) from the choices listed.
In the command prompt, enter the following 2 commands:
netsh winsock reset
netsh int ip reset
Close the command prompt window and reboot your PC.
If the above method doesn’t resolve the issue, then you can try with the commands below as the next step.
Generally, this quick fix works magic. In case you have a static IP, you have to set it up manually. Consider trying out few others listed next.
Manually Set-Up IP Address
Usually, when you connect to a wireless network, your device is assigned with an IP address instantly. But, when there is an issue with DHCP configuration, this automatic IP address assignment fails, and the WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error arises. In this case, you will have to manually configure the IP address for your device. Follow the steps given below to manually set up the IP address:
- Press Windows + X key and choose Network Connections
- Click on Change Connection Properties
- Under the heading called IP Settings, Click on Edit.
- The default selection will be Automatic (DHCP). Click on the drop-down menu to select Manual.
- You will see 2 options, IPv4 and IPv6. Choose IPv4. Enter the IPv4 address that you want to use. This differs from user to user. In addition to this enter the default gateway as 22.214.171.124 and also the Preferred DNS server.
- Click Save.
Alternatively, you can access the router to turn off DHCP and configure a static IP.
Changing the Modem wireless SSID and Password.
This is an alternative solution to address the WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration on Windows 10. To do this, you can access your modem through the Ethernet cable; change the wireless SSID and password. The specific details to achieve this can be obtained from your modem manual. To change the SSID and password, go to your modem’s admin page and change the aforementioned variables.
Changing the number of DHCP Users and Maximum Wireless Users
This is an observation made which has worked out well for many users. Users claim that changing the number of DHCP users and maximum wireless users have resolved the WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration on Windows 10.
The default number of DHCP users will be 50. To change this, don’t forget to refer to your modem manual.
Clean your system of all third-party software
Sometimes, the 3rd party software installed or downloaded might hinder your wireless network. In order to clean up the system of all, do the following:
- Press Windows + R. Enter msconfig to open Microsoft configuration window.
- Check Selective startup with Load system services and Load startup items checked and click Ok.
- Go to Services tab and click on Hide all Microsoft Services and Disable All.
- Go to Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager.
- In the Task Manager, you see a list of startup items. Right click on each and select Disable.
- Once all applications are disabled, close Task Manager and click Apply on the Windows Config window.
Reboot your PC once everything above said is completed. Once restarted, check if the WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration issue on Windows 10 is resolved. If yes, de-bug separately by disabling one by one startup application to figure out the source problem.
Uninstall all wireless adapter drivers
Network adapter drivers sometimes turn faulty and cause issues related to IP configuration and network access. It is advised to uninstall adapter drivers in such cases and allow Windows to install the correct display driver automatically by searching the computer or the Internet.
- Press Windows + X key and select Device Manager.
- Expand Network Adapters and choose your wireless network adapter.
- Right click and select uninstall. If it prompts you with Delete driver software for this device, click Ok.
Reboot your PC to confirm if this step has resolved the WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration issue.
When the PC restarts Windows automatically detects and installs network adapter drivers. Check if the auto installed drivers work fine. Adapter drivers are device specific and hence are to be installed with the right version and configuration. Else it might damage your PC.
If you are not sure about uninstalling the driver, then try to update it.
There are many online reliable applications, which can be used to detect the suitable adapter drivers for your PC. These might just ease you of configuration detail headaches.
Remove Anti-Virus Software
Past reports have shown that the anti-virus software in your PC hinders the network connectivity. The WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error on Windows 10 might be because of the antivirus and firewall. To resolve this, temporarily remove the 3rd party antivirus software, reboot your PC and check for the issue.
If the issue is resolved then either buy another antivirus or update the existing one to the latest version.
These are some of fixes which our team has verified and they deem to fix users issues 110%. Give them a try, if you still aren’t able to resolve the issue on your end, feel free to let us know in the comments section and our team will get back to you!