WiFi Doesn’t Have A Valid IP Configuration? Here’s The Fix

Nothing quite riles up a computer user like an unresponsive Wi-Fi network. The main culprit of such distress is the ominous case on an invalid IP configuration. If you’ve encountered the problem, you’ll inevitably share our woe.

Fret not, as there is a selection of easy fixes to get Wi-Fi back to normal in record time and return to browsing uninterrupted the colorful vaults of the internet.

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Restart Windows

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Rebooting the PC can solve the majority of problems, so a restart is a practical first step towards resolving any IP issues.

Restart Modem/Router

As is common knowledge in this day and age, restarting the router/modem can fix internet speed issues alongside resolving IP issues by effectively resetting the connection with the ISP.

The exact method for restarting depends on the specific router/modem model, but in most cases disconnecting the power supply for at least 30 seconds and then plugging it back in does the job. Specific models may have on/off switches mounted on the device.

Restart The Wireless Network

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In a similar vein, it is also worth resetting the connection between the PC and router/modem by restarting the wireless network.

  1. To begin, right-click on the Windows Start menu and select “Run” from the listed options.
  2. Type “ncpa.cpl” into the field and hit “Run.”
  3. Right-click on your wireless network and select “Disable.”
  4. Wait a minute or so and then right-click on the wireless network once more, and this time select “Enable.”
  5. Allow the connection to be re-established.
  6. Check to see if this has resolved the issue.

Update Network Adapter Drivers

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Like any hardware component, the network adapter is dependent on the right set of drivers to function correctly. If the IP configuration problem surfaced recently, updating the drivers can often fix the issue.

  1. To start, right-click on the Windows Start menu and select “Device Manager” from the list.
  2. In Device Manager, expand the “Network Adapters” option.
  3. Right-click on your network adapter and select “Properties.”
  4. Navigate to the ”Driver” tab. Click on ”Update Driver”.
  5. When prompted, click on “Search automatically for updated driver software.”
  6. Allow Windows to track down the latest driver and install it as required.
  7. Check if this fixes the issue.

Using IPconfig To Refresh IP Address

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If the above option fails, we need to renew and reset the IP address. Mainly, this should provide the Wi-Fi IP with a brand new address resolving the problem.

  1. First, right-click on the Windows Start menu and select “Run.”
  2. Type “cmd” into the empty field on the Run window.
  3. Hit Ctrl+Shift+Enter on the keyboard to open up the Command Prompt in admin mode.
  4. When prompted with the “Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?”, click “Yes.”
  5. Type “ipconfig /release” into the Command prompt and press Enter.
  6. Allow the prompt to run.
  7. Type “ipconfig /flushdns” and hit Enter.
  8. Allow the prompt to run its course.
  9. Type “ipconfig /renew” into the Command prompt and hit Enter.
  10. Restart the PC and check whether the Wi-Fi network now works.

Refresh TCP/IP Protocol

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With this fix, we are effectively flushing out the network to wash away any potential issues hindering the configuration of an IP address. The steps may seem daunting but are, in reality, quite simple, and Windows’ Command prompt does most of the heavy lifting, so you don’t have to.

  1. To start, right-click on the Windows Start menu, then click on “Run” from the contextual list.
  2. Next, type “cmd” into the Run window and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter on the keyboard.
  3. When prompted with the “Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?”, click “Yes.”
  4. Type “netsh winsock reset” into the Command Prompt window and hit Enter.
  5. Restart the PC.
  6. Open up the Command Prompt once more as above.
  7. Type “netsh int ip reset” and hit Enter.
  8. Restart the PC.
  9. Open up the Command Prompt once more as above.
  10. Type “netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log” and press Enter.
  11. Restart the PC.
  12. Open up the Command Prompt once more as above.
  13. Type in “netsh int ipv6 reset reset.log” then Enter.
  14. Restart the PC one final time and verify whether this has fixed the IP issue.

Make Sure All Network Services Are Running

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Another potential cause of the problem is that Windows isn’t running the required services for a stable Wi-Fi connection on Startup. Here’s how to go about making sure Windows is running all the necessary services.

  1. Start by right-clicking on the Windows Start menu and selecting “Run.”
  2. Type “services.msc” into the Run field and hit “Run” just below.
  3. In the list of services, locate “Wired Autoconfig.”
  4. Right-click and select ”Properties”.
  5. Set the ”Startup type:” to ”Automatic” and under ”Service Status”, click on ”Start”.
  6. Hit ‘’Apply’’ then ‘’OK’’.
  7. Repeat steps 3 to 6, searching for the service called ‘WLAN Autoconfig”.
  8. Restart the PC for good measure and check the Wi-Fi connection.

Network Reset

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Windows 10 has an inbuilt Network reset tool that uninstalls and then re-installs all network adapters, to then return all settings to default, in an attempt to fix issues. Follow these steps to reset the network.

  1. To start, right-click on the Wi-Fi icon in the system tray and select “Open Network & Internet settings.”
  2. Click on “Status” on the left-hand side list.
  3. Scroll down and click on “Network reset.”
  4. Click “Reset Now.”
  5. Windows will restart to make the necessary changes.
  6. Verify whether this resolves the issue.

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