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How to fix ‘Wi-Fi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration’

The ‘Wi-Fi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration’ error is a fairly common one, and luckily has a relative simple fix. This guide is going to show you how to solve the error quickly and without any fuss.

In most cases, Windows Troubleshooter is actually rather good when it comes to internet related issues. You can access it by right clicking on your connection at the bottom right of your screen, and clicking ‘Troubleshoot problems’.

However, this particular error requires some leg work of your own, and we’ve got the solutions for you to try.

Make sure you keep yourself safe online with this guide.

How to fix ‘Wi-Fi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration’

This particular error can be caused by a multitude of initial problems and we’re going to show you how to deal with all of them. Try the solutions in this order and one of them should work for you.

Renew your IP address

  • We’re going to renew your IP address to see if that fixes the problem. Follow the steps below:
  • Press your Windows Key + R to open up the Run window.
  • Open up the command window by typing ‘cmd’ into the box and hitting enter.
  • You’ll be greeted by the window bellow.

  • Type in ‘ipconfig /release’ and hit Enter.
  • Then type in ‘ipconfig /renew’ and hit Enter.
  • Finally, type ‘Exit’ and hit Enter.

Reset TCP/IP

  • Open up the command prompt again (Windows Key + R, then type in CMD and hit Enter).
  • Type in ‘netsh winsock reset’ and hit Enter.
  • Now type in ‘netsh int ip reset’ and hit Enter.
  • Restart your computer.

Reinstall your wireless adapter driver

  • Open up your device manager, by searching for it in the search box at the bottom left of your screen.
  • Open up the Network Adapters Arrow to view all of the options.
  • Find your main Network Adapter, right click on it and hit ‘Uninstall’ as seen below.

Device Manager Network Adapter Uninstall

  • Once it has been removed from the list, restart your computer.

Your machine will automatically reinstall the drivers when it boots up, so if they were corrupted or something was wrong, they will be installed from scratch.

Update your Wireless Network Drivers

  • Find your way back to your Network Adapter in the Device Manager.
  • Right click on it, and open up properties.
  • Head to the Driver tab at the top, and hit the ‘Update Driver’ button.
  • Follow the process through the prompts, and then restart your computer.

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