This is perhaps, one of the most annoying errors that users encounter after an upgrade to Windows 10. The error “Wi-Fi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” can be caused by many problems such as, problems with the network adapter driver, hardware issues, viruses, wrong network settings etc.
Sometimes, Windows troubleshooter can only show us what the problem is but does not provide us with a solution. In this case too,the tool only tells us what the source of the problem is so we must fix this error ourselves, manually.
As previously stated, the error can occur due to various reasons. You can try these following solutions to fix this error.
Method 1: Renewing your IP address
This method will work if your issue is caused by your network. Many users have reported that this method has worked for them. Follow the steps given below to release and renew your IP address.
- Press both your Windows and X keys together, and then select Command Prompt (Admin).
- Then, in Command prompt window type in the following command and press Enter:
- Next, type the following command and press Enter key:
- Close the window by typing Exit and pressing Enter.
Method 2: Reset Winsock
- Press both your Windows and X keys together and select Command Prompt (Admin) from the context menu.
- When the Command Prompt window opens, type in the following command and then press Enter:
- Next, type “netshintip reset” before pressing Enter.
- Lastly, restart your computer for changes to take effect and then check to see if the issue has been resolved.
Method 3: Setting your IP address manually
Every computer has a unique IP address assigned to it automatically when it is connected to an internet. One way of fixing this error is by manually resetting the IP address of your computer. To do this, follow the steps given below.
- Open Control Panel from Start
- On the right-hand side of the screen, click on the drop-down list next to View by: and select small icons. Then search for and select Network and Sharing Center.
- On the left hand-side under Control Panel Home heading, click on Change adapter settings.
- Next, from all your connections, right click on your Wi-Fi network. Then, from the context menu select Properti
- Then, in the Networking tab, choose Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4) and click the Properties.
- Check the option of Use the following IP address. Then input the following numbers in the given space.
168.1. (for the last one you can enter any digit you may like, but you can also use the provided digits; 192.168.1.14).
Next, set the subnet mask digits to 255.255.255.0 and lastly, the default gateway to, 192.168.1.1.
- Now, under the next option of Use the following DNS server addresses input the following digits.
Preferred DNS server: 188.8.131.52
Alternate DNS server: 184.108.40.206
- Proceed by clicking the OK
Method 4: Deleting Wireless Adapter driver
As the error can be caused by a wireless adapter driver that has malfunctioned, we may uninstall the driver. Then, the Windows will install the correct one for us. This might resolve our issue. To uninstall your driver, follow the given steps bellow.
- Press both your Windows and X keys together and select Device Manager from the context menu.
- Then search for, and double click on Network adapters to expand the category. Search for your wireless device and right click on it. Select Uninstall.
- Proceed by clicking on the OK button to uninstall the device. However, if at the bottom you also see a message saying, “Delete the software for this device”, then check the option and click on the OK.
- Now restart your computer. Your windows will automatically start to install the default driver for your computer.
If this has not successfully resolved your issue then install the driver manually. Visit your computer manufacturer’s official website and download the latest driver for your computer.