How to Fix “Wifi Doesn’t Have a Valid IP Configuration” Error

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Introduction

“Wifi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” error is common among Windows users. When you receive this error message you will not be able to get to the internet.

If you receive “Wifi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” message in a corporate network, you will not be able to access network resources.

Here is what the error looks like on Network Diagnostic troubleshooter.

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Steps to Fix “Wifi Doesn’t Have a Valid IP Configuration” Error

The steps in this guide were performed in Windows 10. If you are using a different Widows Operating System, some of the steps may differ slightly.

To fix this error follow the steps below in order:

1
Check that Your Wifi Adapter is DHCP Enabled

The first step is to check the configuration of your Wifi network adapter. For most users (home or office), your network adapter is likely configured to receive IP address from a DHCP server.

To check the configuration of your Wifi adapter (Windows 10):

  • Search Control Panel. The open it from the result.
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Wifi doesn't have a valid IP configuration - Check that Your Wifi Adapter is Enabled for DHCP
  • From Control Panel, click this path Network and Internet -> Network and Sharing Center until you get to a screen similar to the one below:
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  • Then click Change adapter settings. Network Connections will open. This will show a list of all Network adapters on your computer.
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  • Double-click the adapter that has “Wifi” on it. Your Wifi Adapter Status will pop up
Because your network adapter has a problem, yours is likely to show a red x.
  • Click Properties.
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  • On the Wifi adapter properties, highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4). Then click Properties. The IPv4 properties of the adapter will open. Confirm that it is set to Obtain an IP address automatically. If it is not, change it and click OK.
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2
Release and Renew Your Wifi Adapter’s IP Address

Follow the steps below to force your Wifi Adapter to renew it’s IP address:

  • Search Command Prompt.
  • Next, right-click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
  • At the command prompt, type the command below. Then press Enter.
ipconfig /release
  • When the last command completes successfully, type this next command. Then press Enter
ipconfig /renew
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3
Update Your Wifi Network Adapter Driver

Here are the steps:

  • Right-click Windows 10 start menu (Windows logo left of task bar).
  • Then select Device Manager.
  • When Device Manager opens, locate the Network adapters group and expand it. Then locate the device containing the name “Wireless”, right-click it and select Update driver.
  • When Update Drivers – dialogue opens, select Search automatically for updated driver software. Windows will attempt to find an updated driver for your adapter. If one is available, it will update the driver.
Wifi doesn t have a valid IP configuration - update wifi driver

If direct update does not work, try uninstalling the driver first. Then download the driver from the manufacturers website and update it manually.

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4
If Everything Else Fails, Check for Windows Update

Installing any pending Windows update may resolve “Wifi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” issue.

Read How to Install Latest Windows 10 Update. You may also read more about Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) from Microsoft.

Conclusion

One of the steps in this guide should fix “Wifi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” problem.

If you have a question use the “Leave a Reply” form at the end of this page. Alternatively, share the method that fixed “Wifi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” error for you.

To read more Windows 10 guides visit our Windows 10 Support page.

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