The error ‘WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration’ occurs whenever you try to connect an internet network. The problem is common while accessing Windows 10 and users face the error message as they log in to their computer or windows device. This keeps you from connecting to the network, and hence you feel unable to access the internet.
The error mostly relates to the invalid TCP/IP settings, and as a result, it interrupts with your internet services. But, there is nothing to worry about as there are a few possible fixes to solve this network trouble.
Wireless Network Connection doesn’t have a valid IP Configuration
#1 Disable/Enable the Network
It is one of the simplest methods in which users can disable the network connection using the device manager and enable it again.
Follow these steps:
- Go to My Computer and right click the icon
- Select Device that will open up a new window
- From the left panel select Device Manager and look for Network Adapter
- Expand using the arrow, right click Wireless LAN network option and go to Disable
- Now it is disabled. To enable it, follow the same process and click Enable.
- Now you can have a look at your network condition if it is connected already.
#2 Try Disabling Bonjour Service
Next option is that you can try disabling Bonjour Service and see if it makes any changes. Bonjour comes as a package of some software and acts as a part of DNS software. It doesn’t harm your computer, but sometimes it can be an obstruction in the way of internet connectivity.
Steps to disable Bonjour Service:
- Press windows key and X and select Control Panel
- Here, open System and Security and go to Windows Firewall
- Go to Apps and Features and in the list of apps look for Bonjour
- Once you find it, click on it and go to Remove
This way it will be removed, and you will get rid of the issue ‘WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration.’
#3 Update the Network Driver
This is another easy way to solve the connectivity issue of your internet network. Sometimes network drivers cause the issue as they are not up to date and do malfunctioning. This process will take you through several steps that include Device Manager.
- Right-click My Computer icon and select Manage
- From the left side of the new window select Device Manager
- Here, expand the section of Network Adapter and right click the network that is causing the issue
- After right clicking you can see an option like Update driver, just click it and now follow the onscreen instructions
- After a few minutes, the drivers will be updated, and the issue will get resolved
Note: sometimes instead of Update drivers option users see ‘Roll Back Driver.’ The option indicates that your drivers are already updated. So still you can try to do a rollback and let the drivers update again.
#4 Uninstall Your Network Adapter
Another way to resolve the network issue is by installing the network adapter. This process uninstalls the network adapter and reinstalls it. Performing this simple process may clear up big network issues. Let’s try doing it.
- Go to Device Manager following the previously mentioned steps
- Choose the faulty network connection and right click it.
- Now you can see an option Uninstall, just click it, and this adapter will disappear from the list.
- In the menu section you can see an option ‘Action.’ just click it and go to ‘scan for hardware changes.’
- Clicking on hardware changes make it noticeable to your device that your network adapter is not installed. It will install it automatically, and after giving your device a restart, you can check if the error is gone by now.
#5 Winsock Issue
In some cases, Winsock gets corrupted and cause the network connectivity issue. If any of the above solutions haven’t worked for you, then try resolving Winsock issue.
- Go to the command prompt by pressing windows key and X and select the program
- Here on the black screen, type: NETSH WINSOCK RESET and press the enter key
- Wait a few minutes and let the process finish.
- After it’s done restart your computer and check your Wi-Fi network
#6 Renew Your IP Address
In this method, I’ll tell you how to renew your IP address using the command prompt. Just follow the steps:
- Go to command prompt using the previous steps
- Once you are there just type: ipconfig /release and press the enter key
- In the next step, type: ipconfig /renew and hit the enter key again
- This will renew your IP address, and you can see if it affects the connectivity or not.
#7 Assign IP Address
This method will show you how users can assign an IP address. So just follow the step:
- Go to control panel by pressing windows key and X and choose Control Panel
- There, go to Network and Sharing Center and open it
- In the new window, go to ‘View Network Connections.’
- It will display all your connection so just select the one that is causing issue and right click it.
- Go to Properties and select Networking tab.
- Here, go to TCP/IPv4 or TCP/IPv6 and check the box ‘Use the following IP address.’
- Now, type the IP address and in the subnet mask use 255.255.255.0
- The rest of the info you can obtain from your Internet Service Provider.
#8 Restore Windows
If you have tried all the solutions and still got nothing, then try restoring windows. Restore Windows takes your system to a previous time where everything was working perfectly. If you do not have a restore point already, then you can create one.
- Go to Start menu and search ‘Create a restore point’ and hit enter
- In the window, select Create a restore point, and it will open up a new window.
- Here go to System Restore and follow the onscreen instructions.
- Now you will see a restore point already created, just select it and click Restore.
- It will take a few minutes to restore your system settings to that point of time.
This way, the article on Fix: Wifi doesn’t have a Valid IP Configuration ends up. I really hope you have found your solution by now and resolved the issue. If you have anything to share or some other ideas for solving this issue, then you can comment here and let us know.