Did you just see your Windows troubleshooter shows the “WiFi Doesn’t Have a Valid IP Configuration” notice? I know how much bummer that is but there is no reason for you to panic. That is an easy to fix kind of problem and by the time you finish reading this whole article, you’re already surfing your way through the internet again.
If you are thinking of coding your way to fix this connectivity issue, you’re right. There will be some code-typing actions. But the good news is it won’t be as difficult as you might think. It will be just some few short phrases so there is no need for you to get a headache while doing this. In fact, it’s so simple that you will be able to do it on your own the next time this problem happens.
Anyway, I know you are now so eager to fix the “WiFi Doesn’t Have a Valid IP Configuration” issue so here it is. We have prepared a couple of methods for you just in case one is not enough to fix the problem. Sometimes, the Windows encounter different issues but still showing the same notification or warning.
Fix “WiFi Doesn’t Have a Valid IP Configuration” Issue
Method 1: Winsock Reset
- First is to open the Command window by pressing Windows key + R and typing CMD then hit ENTER.
- As soon as the Command window appears, type in the netsh winsock reset and press ENTER.
- Then type this another command line: netsh int ip reset
- Press ENTER and then close the Command window.
- Restart your PC and then open a browser to check if the issue still persists.
Method 2: Manual IP Address
Note that with this method, you will be switching from DHCP which is an automatic leasing of an IP address from your router to Static. We will be manually putting an IP address of your choice while still using the router’s default gateway and DNS server.
- In this method, we need to access the Network Settings of your Windows operating system. For Windows 7 users press the Windows key and on the Start menu click the Control Panel. You will find the Network and Sharing Center. From there, click the Adapter Settings and you will see the Network Interface Controller.
- For Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 users, just open the Run windows by pressing Windows key + R then type NCPA.CPL and press ENTER.
- Click Properties and from the new window, scroll down and look for TCP/IPv4. Double-click on that to open the Properties again.
- On the new window, change from Obtain IP Address Automatically to Use the Following IP Address.
- On the IP address blank bar, type 192.168.1.20 or any number from 10 to 99.
- Type 255.255.255.0 on the Subnet Mask line and 192.168.1.1 on the Default Gateway.
- Actually, this is a bit tricky because not all routers have the same default gateway. In order for you to get the exact default gateway, you need to go back to the Ethernet Status and click Details. The IPv4 Default Gateway is listed there among other IP addresses. Use that instead of the common 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1. If it turns out that it is the same then you do not need to change anything.
- On the Obtain DNS Server Address Automatically, change it to Use the Following DNS Server Addresses.
- Type in the 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 subsequently.
- Click OK to close the window and another OK to close all other windows.
- This should fix the “WiFi Doesn’t Have a Valid IP Configuration” issue.
Method 3: Remove Antivirus Software
Sometimes, the antivirus that you installed is the main culprit for losing your internet access. It could be due to a bad update or some malicious software was detected on your network software. So in order to prevent the virus to do its damage, the antivirus blocks the network card software.
If this method works, then that’s when you install a different antivirus or reinstall your old antivirus and do a full scan afterward. Just test and observe which software is affecting your internet connection each time you install one.
Method 4: Reinstall Network Driver
There are cases where it’s the main driver of the network card is causing the connectivity issue. It could be a bug or a recent operation created an error in the driver software that is controlling the network card’s activities. If that is the case, here is what you should do.
- First is to download a new driver version of your current Network Adapter.
- Save it on your local drive or in the Download folder for later use.
- Now go to your Control Panel. By this time I assume that you already know how to access the Control Panel on Windows. If not, just press Windows key + R and type Control Panel and press ENTER.
- On the Control Panel, look for the Device Manager.
- A new window will appear listing all the hardware installed with their drivers. Look for the Network Adapter and click the NIC that you need to fix. Right-click on it and choose Uninstall to remove the driver.
- Restart your PC after you uninstall.
- When the PC reboots, go to the network adapter driver that you downloaded earlier. Launch the installer and wait till it finishes the installation process.
- Restart the PC again for changes to take effect.
Let’s hope that these methods will work for you. If not, perhaps the problem is with your router or modem. Restart them just to be sure. Or better yet, reset them back to their factory default by pressing the reset button at the back for good 10 seconds before letting go. Note that with this method, your WiFi SSID and password might need some setting up again. Just use your default login username and password to fix it.
If that still did not do anything good. Then it is time that you should call your Internet Service Provider (ISP). The problem could be from their end. So calling should somehow give you an idea or a fix.
If you have other questions, feel free to leave a message in the comment section. We will answer them as soon as possible. And if you know people with similar problem, be kind and share this article to them so that they could fix this issue themselves.