In many cases, if your Windows 10 system is not connecting to a WIFI network and if you run the Windows Troubleshooter, then it will show “WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” as the issue. The issue will not get fixed automatically and you will have to manually fix the issue on your system.
As there can be many reasons as to why the error is being shown, there are different solutions to the issue. Today we bring you the top 10 solutions for the WiFi Doesn’t Have a Valid IP Configuration error on Windows 10.
Top 10 Solutions for WiFi Doesn’t Have a Valid IP Configuration Error on Windows 10
Solution 1: Check whether the Security Types of Your Router and PC are Same
One of the major causes for the WiFi Doesn’t Have a Valid IP Configuration error is a mismatch of the security type of the router and the PC trying to connect to the WiFi network.
In order to check the security type of your WiFi router, visit the “Settings” page of your WiFi router and then check the “Wireless” section to know the security type that is used by your WiFi router.
After identifying the security type of your WiFi router, make sure that the wireless adapter of your Windows 10 system is using the same security type.
Solution 2: Reset the TCP/IP Connection of your System
- Press the Windows key + X key on your keyboard.
- From the drop-down menu that appears, click on the option that says “Command Prompt (Admin)”. If instead of Command Prompt option, “Windows PowerShell (Admin)” is present, click on it.
- The Command Prompt window will now appear.
- Enter the commands below one by one and press the Enter key after each command:
- netsh winsock reset
- Netsh int ip reset
- After executing both the commands featured above, restart your PC.
- Check if your Windows 10 system is getting connected to the WiFi network now.
- If it’s still not getting connected, follow steps 1, 2 and 3 and then execute the below commands one by one:
- ipconfig /release
- ipconfig /flushdns
- ipconfig /renew
Solution 3: Reinstall the Wireless Adapter Driver of your System
- Press the Windows key and the X key on your keyboard.
- From the menu that pops up, click on the option that says “Device Manager”.
- In the window that appears, find the wireless adapter driver installed on your system.
- Right-click using your mouse on the adapter and then choose “Uninstall” from the menu that appears.
- Restart your Windows 10 system.
- After the restart, your system will automatically search and install the latest version of driver for the wireless adapter on your system.
- Check if the issue has been resolved.
Solution 4: Change the SSID and Password of your WiFi Network
- Using an ethernet cable, directly connect your Windows 10 PC to the wireless modem that you are using.
- Access your modem from the PC.
- Change the SSID and password of the wireless network (refer the user manual of your modem for more details).
- Disconnect the ethernet cable.
- Try reconnecting to the WiFi network again.
Solution 5: Turn ON DHCP on your PC
- Press the Windows key and the X key on your keyboard together.
- Select the “Network Connections” option from the list that appears.
- Find your wireless network adapter from the new window that opens.
- Right-click using your mouse on your wireless network adapter and click on the “Diagnose” option in the drop-down menu.
- Wait for the diagnostic scan to complete.
- The DHCP will be turned ON after the scan completes.
Solution 6: Set the WiFi Channel Width to “Auto”
- Press the X key and the Windows key on your keyboard and select the “Network Connections” option from the list of options that appears on the screen.
- Within the Network Connections window, find your wireless network connection and right-click on the option using your mouse.
- From the drop-down menu that appears, click on “Properties”.
- In the Properties window, click on “Configure” and then click on “Advanced”.
- Find the option that says “802.11n Channel Width” for 2.4GHz band and set the value to “Auto”.
- Click the “OK” button.
- This should resolve your WiFi issue.
Solution 7: Uninstall any third-party Antivirus or Firewall Software installed on your System
Any third-party antivirus or firewall software installed on your system can also cause the WiFi doesn’t have valid IP configuration error. Try uninstalling any third-party antivirus or firewall software that is installed on your PC and in case the WiFi error gets resolved after uninstalling the software, then try switching to another antivirus or firewall software to avoid any WiFi errors.
Solution 8: Set the IP Address of your WiFi Network Manually
- Launch the Control Panel window.
- Click on “Network and Internet”.
- Select the option that says “Network Connections”.
- Find your WiFi network from the list of networks and right-click on the same using your mouse.
- From the drop-down menu that appears, click on “Properties”.
- Now select the “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) option and then click on the button with the label “Properties”.
- In the Properties window, click on the option that says “Use the following IP address” and then enter the default gateway, subnet mask, and IP address. You will also need to provide an address for the DNS server. You can either use the Public DNS by Google or set the value as 192.168.1.1.
- Now check whether the WiFi error has been resolved.
Solution 9: Increase the Number of DHCP Users and Maximum WiFi Users
In some cases, increasing the number of DHCP users and also increasing the maximum number of WiFi users allowed can fix the WiFi doesn’t have valid IP configuration error. The steps that need to be followed to increase the number of DHCP users and to increase the number of maximum WiFi users are dependent on the modem model.
Do refer the user manual that came with your WiFi modem to know more about the steps to fix the issue
Solution 10: Disable All Third-Party Apps on your System by Clean Boot
- Press the R key + Windows key on your keyboard.
- When the Run window appears, type “msconfig” and press Enter.
- The Windows Configuration window will now open.
- Check the “Selective Startup” and uncheck the “Load Startup Items” option in the window.
- Switch to the “Services” tab.
- Check the option that says “Hide all Microsoft services” and click on the button labeled as “Disable all”.
- Now switch to the tab titled “Startup”.
- Click on the “Open Task Manager” option.
- In the window that appears, right-click using your mouse on each listed item.
- In the drop-down menu that appears, select the “Disable” option.
- After disabling all the tasks, close the Task Manager window and click the “Apply” button and then “OK” on the Windows configuration window.
- Restart your computer.
- The issue should now be resolved.
The top 10 solutions for WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error listed above are the best solutions to fix the error on systems running the Windows 10 operating system. We hope the list of solutions above was helpful to you.
In case you are unable to fix the issue even after following the above solutions, do leave details about the error that you are facing and we will help you out.