Wifi doesn’t have a Valid IP Configuration

The WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration problem can occur at any time without any prior warning. Some users see this error message when they troubleshoot their network while some users face this message as soon as they log in to their computer. The problem mostly hit the Windows 10 users especially if they recently installed the updates. You should check other computers or cell phones for internet connectivity. If your computer is the only device with problems and other devices are easily connecting with your Wi-Fi then proceed. Otherwise, your problem might be with the router or your ISP provider.

This problem can happen because of multiple reasons. It can be because your system isn’t getting an IP or your connection might be blocked because of driver issues or malware. Since there are many reasons for this, there are plenty of solutions to this problem as well. But before continuing with them, make sure to restart your PC.

So, first, try the methods given in general troubleshooting and once these are done, start following the solutions given in methods.

Troubleshooting the “WiFi” doesn’t have a valid IP configuration Error

These are general and less complicated solutions that might work for you. So, try to steps given below before diving deep into the complicated methods

1. Do a Clean Reboot

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type MSConfig and press Enter
  3. Select the Services tab
  4. Check Hide All Microsoft Services
  5. Click Disable all
  6. Click Startup tab then select Open Task Manager
  7. Select the first item presented in the Task Manager and click Disable. Repeat this step for all the items in the Task Manager
  8. Close the Task Manager window
  9. Click Ok in the Startup Tab
  10. Restart your computer and it will boot into the clean boot state

2. Update Drivers

You can update, rollback (in case you recently installed the drivers) and delete the network drivers to check whether it’s the drivers causing the issue

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type devmgmt.msc or hdwwiz.cpl and press Enter
  3. Locate and double click Network Adapters
  4. Locate your network card and double click it
  5. Click Driver tab and click Update Driver… button
  6. Select Search automatically for updated driver software and follow any additional on-screen instructions

3. Rollback Drivers

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type devmgmt.msc or hdwwiz.cpl and press Enter
  3. Locate and double click Network Adapters
  4. Locate your network card and double click it
  5. Click the Driver tab and click Roll Back Driver… and follow any additional on-screen instructions
  6. If the “Roll Back Driver” button is greyed out then that means you can’t roll back the driver so this option isn’t for you

4. Uninstall Drivers

Uninstalling and restarting your system will force Windows to automatically install the most compatible driver since Windows comes with a bunch of general drivers.

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter
  3. Locate and double click Network Adapters
  4. Locate your network card and double click it
  5. Click the Driver tab and click Uninstall and follow any additional on-screen instructions
  6. Once the driver is uninstalled, restart your computer

5. Disable or Uninstall Antivirus

Your Antivirus might be causing the issue so uninstalling or disabling it for a while will help you identify whether the issue was because of the Antivirus or not

  1. Right-click on the Antivirus icon in the system tray (located in the right bottom corner)
  2. Select Disable. If you can’t see this option then you will see the option of opening the Antivirus program. Select that option and then select Disable

If you want to uninstall the software then perform these steps

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type appwiz.cpl and press Enter
  3. Locate your Antivirus application and click it
  4. Click Uninstall and follow the on-screen instructions

It is advised to use an application remover tool to completely uninstall the Antivirus to make sure there aren’t any residual files left.

Note: This is only for checking whether the issue is because of Antivirus or not. Once you have checked, its advised to re-install the Antivirus to make sure you are safe from viruses.

6. Restore Windows Firewall to its Default Settings

Restoring Windows Firewall back to its default is known to solve the problem for a few users so try this before following the methods given below

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type firewall.cpl and press Enter
  3. Click Restore Defaults and then click Restore Defaults button
  4. Click yes if it asks for permission

7. Releasing and Renewing IP Address

Releasing and renewing your IP address from the Command Prompt usually solves this problem. So follow the steps given below to release and renew your IP address.

  1. Press Windows key once
  2. Type cmd in the Start Search box. OR chose PowerShell (Administrator) and type cmd in PowerShell before proceeding with 4.
  3. Right-click on the Command Prompt and click Run as administrator…
  4. Type the following command and press “enter”.
    ipconfig /release
  5. Type in the following command and press “enter”.
    ipconfig /renew
  6. Type Exit and press Enter

Now check your Wi-Fi and it should work fine.

8. Reset TCP/IP Stack

Resetting the TCP/IP stack is also known to solve this problem for many users and it has been suggested by the Microsoft Officials as well. There are a total of 3 commands that you will need to run in Command Prompt. The first command will reset the Winsock entries while the other two will rewrite registry keys that are used by the TCP/IP.

  1. Press Windows key once
  2. Type cmd in the Start Search box
  3. Right-click on the Command Prompt and click Run as administrator…
  4. Type the following command and press “Enter”.
    netsh winsock reset catalog


  5. Type in the following command and press “Enter”.
    netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log


  6. Type in the following command and press “Enter”.
    netsh int ipv6 reset reset.log

Once you are done, restart your computer and check whether you’re getting the same error or not.

9. Manually Entering the IP Information

Since there is a problem with IP configuration, you can always enter the IP and other information manually. The problem is happening because your system isn’t getting a valid IP for some reason so putting this information manually solves the problem for many users.

Follow the steps given below to manually enter your IP information.

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type ncpa.cpl and press Enter
  3. Locate the network that isn’t working
  4. Right-click the network that you want to fix and click Properties
  5. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
  6. Click Properties

  7. Select Use the following IP addresses
  8. Enter 192.168.1.x in IP address (replace x with any number I replaced it with 10)
  9. Enter 255.255.0 in Subnet Mask
  10. Enter 192.168.1.1 in Default Gateway
  11. Click Use the following DNS server addresses
  12. Enter 8.8.8.8 in the Preferred DNS server
  13. Enter 8.8.4.4 in the Alternate DNS server
  14. Check the option that says Validate upon exit

  15. Click Ok then click Ok again

10. Check for Infections

There’s a possibility that you have been infected and the virus is blocking your connection. This is an extreme but plausible case and is known to be the reason for a few users so it’s always advised to check for any viruses as well.

If all the above-mentioned methods didn’t work then it’s time to check your system for any infections.

  1. Use an Antivirus to scan your computer thoroughly. You can use any Antivirus but we recommend Malware Bytes. Go here and download the Malware Bytes for your computer and install it.
  2. Scan your computer and see if it gets any infections. If Malware Bytes catches some bad files then delete those and then check if the issue is still there or not.

11. Changing SSID and Password

In some cases, the Wifi Password and name configuration on the router might have gotten corrupted over time or it might be in the need of a refresh. Therefore, we will be logging into our router’s page and then try to change the SSID and password in hopes of refreshing this config to fix the issue. For that:

  1. Press “Windows’ + “R” to open the Run prompt.
  2. Type in “cmd” and press “enter”.
    Running the Command Prompt
  3. Type in the following command inside the command prompt.
    /ipconfig
  4. Check the IP address listed under the “Default Gateway” heading and copy it after highlighting it with your mouse.
    The “Default Gateway” listed in the results
  5. Open your browser and paste the IP address in the address bar on the top.
  6. Your Router’s login page should open now, get ahold of your router and you should find the login password and name on its back.
    Note: By default, the password and name are most likely “admin”.
  7. After logging into your router’s page, look around for the SSID and Password settings.
  8. They should most probably be in the Wifi section.
  9. Change the SSID to something different and then change the password as well.
  10. Check to see if the issue persists after changing the password and SSID.

12. Changing Connection Mode

In certain cases, your Wifi adapter might be set to receive the internet packets from the router in a certain range which might not be perfectly compatible with its capabilities. Therefore, in this step, we will be changing this connection mode to something else. For that:

  1. Press “Windows’ + “R” to open the Run prompt.
  2. Type in “ncpa.cpl” and press “Enter” to open the network adapter window.
    Run this in the Run dialog box
  3. Right-click on your Wifi connection and select “Properties”.
  4. Click on the “Configure” option and then select the “Advanced” button.
  5. Here, Double-click on the “Wireless Mode” option and change its value to something else.
  6. Try all the options in this list one by one and check which one works for you.

13. Running Troubleshooter

It is possible that the issue might be due to incompatibility or due to a misconfiguration of certain system settings. This can be detected and rectified using the built-in troubleshooter for the network adapters. In order to run the troubleshooter, follow the steps listed below.

  1. Press “Windows’ + “R” to open the Run prompt.
  2. Type in “ncpa.cpl” and press “Enter” to open the network adapter window.
    Run this in the Run dialog box
  3. Right-click on your Wifi connection and select the “Diagnose” option.
    Clicking on the “Diagnose” option
  4. Wait for the troubleshooter to run and let it detect the issues with the network.
  5. Check to see if the issue persists.

Note: Furthermore, you can try to reset your network entirely or change the DNS servers.

Kevin Arrows


Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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