This is how to fix the WiFi “WiFi doesn’t possess a valid Ipconfig” error and get back online.
Windows 10 displays the error “WiFi doesn’t possess an IP configuration valid”. This is frustrating and prevents you from going online.
We will explain why Wi Fi sends you this message and how you can fix it so that you can get online again.
What is an invalid IP configuration?
Before we get to the solution, let’s first understand why this error occurs. Your router assigns an Internet Protocol Address (IP Address) to your computer when you connect to WiFi. This allows your computer connect to the internet.
Your router and computer will not be able communicate if the IP configuration is incorrect. Your router might not expect that your computer uses an IP address. This could cause you to be unable to connect to the internet.
Let’s examine how we can fix this problem.
1. Restart Your Computer
The first step to diagnosing any problem is to reboot your computer. If there is a temporary problem, you might see “WiFi cannot configure its IP”. A quick restart is a good idea before you do more extensive repairs.
Continue reading if you continue to see the error.
2. Reboot your Router
Another quick fix for network problems is to restart your wireless router. This occurs when your router attempts assign an Internet address for your computer. It is possible to quickly reboot your computer and resolve temporary problems.
We will explore advanced options if you have problems connecting to the internet even after running a power cycle.
3. You can renew your IP address or let it go
You can use the Command Prompt to give up your IP address, and request a different one. This is a great way to fix the problem with your IP configuration.
Windows 10 makes it easy to do this. Right-click the Start button to open the Power User Menu. Or press Win+X to open it. To open a command-line, choose Command Prompt (Admin).
The command line will open, where you can enter the commands below and hit the.
This will tell your computer to send its current IP address back the router’s address book. Enter to request a change of address.
Reconnect with your new IP address.
4. Reset Network Protocols
You can use command-line to reset Winsock. This describes how your computer connects to the network.
After you have opened the PowerShell Command Prompt Window or the administrator Command Prompt Window, run each command.
- Netsh winsock
- netsh int ip reset
- Log back in to the internet after that.
5. Manual IP address setting can be verified
Your router and computer use a protocol known as “DHCP” to assign an IP address. The protocol works automatically and doesn’t require you to do anything manually. Wi-Fi may not recognize IP addresses that have been previously changed or set.
This can be checked by opening Settings. The Win + shortcut can be used. Choose the Change adapter options option. Double-click on the Wi Fi connection box.
You will see information about your connection in a new window. Double-click Properties to open a new browser. Next, click Internet Protocol Version 4 from the dropdown menu. This will open the properties dialog. This window allows you to change your IP settings.
The Obtain an Internet Protocol Address Automatically button is the most popular choice. You can modify the Use to auto setting by hitting OK. This will allow you to go online.
Although a static IP address might be able to solve the problem, it is unlikely that most users will use it.
6. Upgrading your wireless driver
Wireless connection is being affected by “WiFi doesn’t possess a valid Ipconfig” error. Verify that your Wi-Fi driver works properly.
To select Device manager, press Win+ X once more. Expand Network adapters in order to find your wireless driver. Right-click the driver and select Update driver > Search for updated driver software.
It may not be able to find a driver. Instead, select Properties. This will allow you to identify the manufacturer (most often Intel or Realtek). You might find the latest driver version on the website of your hardware provider. Our guide to updating Windows drivers contains more information.
To remove the wireless device from your computer, right-click it and select Uninstall device. Windows will install the wireless driver automatically after you reboot. If Windows fails to automatically install the new wireless driver, you’ll need to manually install it using a wired computer.
7. Verify for Malware and Antivirus Interference
It is worth scanning your computer for malware if you get to this point. Malicious software or viruses can sometimes cause internet settings problems. It is possible to get around the “doesn’t have an Internet setup” problem but it is not worth your time.
Windows Defender or any other antivirus installed on your computer can be used for a scan. To run an anti-malware scanner, Malwarebytes can also be downloaded from another computer.
You can also deactivate your antivirus software to retry connecting to internet. Third-party antivirus software can cause network disruptions or block your internet connection.
8. Increase the number and usage of DHCP
There is a limit to the number of devices that can be connected to routers via DHCP. It is possible your router may have exceeded its limit if you have multiple online devices. Your computer may get an error when it tries to find an address.
To fix the problem, log in to your router. We can’t give exact instructions because each router is different. Click here for more information about how to log into a router. Refer to your manual for further assistance.
9. Reset Network Settings
You now know all the options. Resetting your Windows 10 network settings is a smart idea. There may be more.
Click Settings > Internet > Status, then click Network Reset. This will wipe all network adapters, and then reset everything to their default settings. Click Reset now if you are happy to agree. This will reset your computer.
IP Configuration Errors No More
It is usually not necessary to reset your network settings in order to fix the “WiFi cannot configure its IP address” error message. This is usually temporary and can be resolved by following the first step.
You can still get help if you have questions or need assistance with your Windows network.