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Published: December 25, 2015 | Applies to:

If your Windows 10 has limited WiFi connectivity problem and you get "WiFi/Ethernet doesn't have a valid IP configuration" error, this fix may help.

When your system’s Internet Protocol (IP) configuration miss matches, then you may experience some frustrating problems in network connectivity on Windows. This article addresses one of those network connectivity issues, that has troubled many users till date. When your web connection is limited and you run Windows Network Diagnostics tool or perform Network Adapter troubleshooting, following error appears:

"WiFi" doesn't have a valid IP configuration (Not fixed)

FIX - WiFi/Ethernet Doesn't Have A Valid IP Configuration In Windows 10

If you’re connected via wired cable or Ethernet, the message is:

"Ethernet" doesn't have a valid IP configuration (Not fixed)

For Hyper-V or other virtualization running systems, the error may include both “WiFi” and “Ethernet” terms with slash (/) in between (just like the title of this article). So if you’re also victim of this problem, you might have also observed that:

  • Resetting the wireless router doesn’t help.
  • Resetting the modem makes no differences in situation.
  • Restarting the computer doesn’t fixes it.

Here are some advanced suggestions that you may try. They can individually or collectively solve the issue for you:

FIX : WiFi/Ethernet Doesn’t Have A Valid IP Configuration In Windows 10

FIX 1 – Using Device Manager

1. Press  W8K + R and type devmgmt.msc in the Run, hit Enter key to open Device Manager snap-in.

Device Manager Windows 10

2. In the Device Manager window, expand Network adapters, right click on network adapter for which you’re facing issue and click Uninstall.

FIX - WiFi/Ethernet Doesn't Have A Valid IP Configuration In Windows 10

3. Then provide you’re confirmation by clicking OK here:

FIX - WiFi/Ethernet Doesn't Have A Valid IP Configuration In Windows 10

4. Finally, click Action > Scan for hardware changes. Close the Device Manager window.

FIX - WiFi/Ethernet Doesn't Have A Valid IP Configuration In Windows 10

If the issue is resolved, you’re good to go. Else, see FIX 2.

FIX 2 – By Resetting Windows Sockets Or By Reinstalling TCP/IP Settings

1. Open administrative Command Prompt.

2. Type following commands one-by-one and hit Enter after each:

netsh winsock reset

Ignore the message to restart computer for a while.

netsh int ip reset

FIX - WiFi/Ethernet Doesn't Have A Valid IP Configuration In Windows 10

Close the Command Prompt and reboot, check the status of issue. If problem persists, try FIX 3.

FIX 3 – By Using IPConfig Command Line Tool

1. Open administrative Command Prompt.

2. Type following commands one-by-one and hit Enter after each:

ipconfig /release
ipconfig /flushdns
ipconfig /renew

FIX - WiFi/Ethernet Doesn't Have A Valid IP Configuration In Windows 10

Close Command Prompt window and verify the status of issue. It must be fixed by now.

Checkout following video to demonstrate this fix:

If the problem still persists, let us know via comments!


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50 Comments

  • Thanks Kapill !!

    I was experiencing this issue since last few days.. I had to manually assign IPs to get the Internet Work.

    I was aware of ipconfig /flushdns stuff but not the about the socket part.

    I will apply it if the same issue appear in future..

    Now onward I will try to share the pics that I am facing issues about so that other may also get benefited..

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Thanks for feedback, I hope it helps you!

  • Hi Kapil I found your article very interesting when I used the command
    netsh int ip reset
    I got an error ( so did you when I look at the pictures ) I found a way to get rid of the error, It seems that there is a permission problem
    int reset
    and it must changed in the registry, This is the location

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControl­Set/Control/Nsi/{eb004a00-9b1a-11d4-9123­-0050047759bc}/26
    Just right click on the 26 folder and give “Everyone” (the group, that is) full permissions. Then run the netsh command again, and everything should be good!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad to hear you liked the post :) And yes, I didn’t mind that resetting failed error as in the next attempt Windows was successful in reset ;) But thanks a lot for your time and inputs, we also already shared that method long time back in this post: http://www.kapilarya.com/limited-wifi-problem-in-windows-8. Great to know it could help in this case as well!

  • This doesn’t work at all.

  • It did not resolve the issue on my computer. I’ll kep trying.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Suggest you to try additional suggestions mentioned here: http://www.kapilarya.com/windows-sockets-registry-entries-required-for-network-connectivity-is-missing

  • Well, after trying all that, I got my ethernet connection working but I’m back to the WiFi problem I had after 1511 installed. It refuses to recognise the valid network security key for either of my wireless access points even though these worked yesterday and continue to work for iPad, iPhone, TV, and other devices. The fix I found after 1511 installed itself doesn’t work. Any suggestions?

  • Reverting to the saved Winsock and Winsock2 registry settings has restored my wifi but I am back to the problem connecting ethernet via Devolo IP Over Mains. Ethernet only with a cable across the floor to another room direct to my router which isn’t safe.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Richard, you may try forgetting the connection and then re-connect, if key not recognising is the only issue!

  • I still got the error while running the commands ipconfig /release and ipconfig /renew.
    Can you give me a solution for my problem?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Have you executed all commands successfully?

  • I HAVE TRIED EVERY LAST ONE OF SUGGESTED FIXES BY YOURSELF AND OTHERS AND STILL UNABLE TO GET INTERNET CONNECTION. THIS IS NOW OVER 3 WEEKS OF FUTILITY, FRUSTRATION, AGGRAVATION, DEPRESSION, ANGER , ANXIETY, SLEEP DEPRIVATION AND DEEP AND INTENSE HATRED FOR WINDOWS 10, MICROSOFT AND FILTHY RICH BASTARDS.
    THIS IS HOPELESS. THESE ARE VERY BAD PRODUCTS DEVELOPED BY AN INCOMPETENT COMPANY WITH INCOMPETENT LEADERS AND STAFF. RHIS FIASCO REVEALS THE SHOCKING LACK OF UNDERSTANDING THE PRINCIPLE OF CUSTOMER SERVICE. I SUPPOSE CONSUMERS SHARE SOME OF THE BLAME BY ACCEPTING THE IDEA THAT NEW SOFTWARE WILL UNDOUBTEDLY CONTAIN GLITCHES THAT WE HOPE WILL EVENTUALLY BE FIXED. SO THIS BECOMES THE NEW NORMAL
    SCREW THAT. WHY SHOULD WE HAVE TO SETTLE FOR AN AWFUL AND BADLY FLAWED PRODUCT? DOES MS THINK THAT OFFERING WIN 10 FOR FREE, MAKES IT ACCEPTABLE TO DELIVER A DEFECTIVE PRODUCT. I’M MAD AS HELL AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE.

  • I tried fixes 1, 2, and 3 multiple times, after running through the “Windows Sockets Registry Entries Required For Network Connectivity Are Missing” fix steps, fixed using Kapil’s Windows 8 registry keys, I think. I say “I think” because I ran into every problem anyone was having in the comments section: the group policy problem prevented fix 2, and fix 1 didn’t work.

    Now, the windows troubleshooter gives me the “valid IP configuration” error. Fixes 1, and 2 behave as normal, but don’t fix the problem, and Fix 3 fails at [ipconfig /renew]. It stalls immediately after running, with the prompt “No operation can be performed on Local Area Connection* 11 while it has its media disconnected” After unplugging my ethernet cable, it tells me “An error while renewing interface Ethernet : The operation was canceled by the user”

    Only my ethernet is having this problem.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Have you tried resetting modem/router? Also check your drivers and update them, if possible.

  • This is really getting annoying… I’ve been back and forth between this error and http://www.kapilarya.com/windows-sockets-registry-entries-required-for-network-connectivity-is-missing for over a month now. Windows update yesterday prompted me to try the fixes again, still no joy.

    This motherboard provides two Ethernet adapters and one WiFi adapter. WiFi works fine (just frustratingly slow), and both Ethernets simultaneously report either ‘unidentified network’ or ‘missing socket entries’, depending attempting the various fixes.

    First thing I did was try restoring the system to a point prior to the issue occurring, which bafflingly didn’t fix the issue.

    Then I tried all of the suggestions for ‘Windows Sockets’ error, with the uploaded reg files bringing me here.
    Sadly, none of the suggestions here resolve the new ‘invalid IP’ issue (also tried setting static IP, and binding IP by MAC on the router side, too).

    ipconfig /renew returns the error: unable to contact DHCP server (timeout).

    I’ve tried updating ethernet drivers, rolling them back, updating router firmware, alternative cables (no other ethernet-connected devices on the LAN are having any issues, and other devices can connect using the ethernet cable usually plugged in to my PC).

    Thanks for all your suggestions thus far!

  • Same here, none of the fixes worked. I started with the “One Or More Network Protocols Are Missing On This Computer”-error, but I could not use “Fix 2 Delete Winsock Registry And Reinstall TCP/IP” to the end, due to the dreaded group police error. I tried importing the winsocket-registrey keys from another Win10 machine and also the ones provided by Kapil in the other thread. Both did not work. Somewhere along the way the error switched from the missing protocol error to the “Ethernet Doesn’t Have A Valid IP Configuration”-error, I did not check the error after every step, so I can’t tell which of the steps caused the error to switch.

    I can’t use Fix 3 here as well, since the last command “ipconfig /renew” doesn’t finish and the command prompt gets stuck at “Windows IP configuration” – maybe I haven’t waited long enough, but it was over one minute which was above my patience threshold ;)

    I also tried using an Ubuntu LIve CD to check, if the network adaptor is still working (Asus P5E-VM HDMI onboard), with no success. But I read that Ubuntu is messing up the BIOS on some boards, which I assume was correct, since my switch LED turned from Gigabit to 100MBit or even completely off when Ubuntu ran. After a BIOS reset (battery removed), the switch turned green (Gigabit) again when I booted to Windows. So I’m not quite sure what that means, my guess is still that it’s a software problem, but I’m not so sure anymore. Re-Installing or resetting Windows is not a desireable option, so, any further tips would be greatly appreciated.

  • Well, this is embarrassing. It was in fact the switch that was broken. I recently bought a new one and did not check all the devices connected to it. And the other PC, with a wired connection that worked fine, was not connected to the switch, but to the router directly. So, I never came to the conclusion that the switch might be involved, because I thought the other machine used the switch as well. So I needed my consoles to complain about no network as well to find the culprit.

    Sorry for wasting everybody’s time. But maybe this will encourage some people to check their network devices a bit more thoroughly. Also, maybe a less misleading error message might help as well.

  • I have run into similar issues as well as the missing Winsock protocols. I appreciate all the tips that were presented as I was forced to pretty much try them all. Unfortunately I was not able to resolve my issues and downgraded back to Windows 7

  • Thanks Kapil, fix 2 got it working after hours of troubleshooting. Windows 10 off to a rocky start lol.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad it helped! :)

  • JESUS!! WHAT IS MICROSOFT DOING ABOUT THIS?!

    I’ve tried everything.

    All the fixes from the “Network protocols missing” fiasco.

    Didn’t work.

    Now stuck with this “Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” crap.

    Tried everything here.

    Didn’t work.

    Changed the CAT5 cable.

    Didn’t work.

    The router/modem is fine. Others are connected to it either via cable or wi-fi.

    The WORST part about all of this is that it’s intermittent!!
    One day I’ll start my pc and I have a connection…go all day and it’s fine…then I lose it.
    Sometimes it comes back on…for a while.
    It has been down now for almost a week and I’m at the end of my patience and resources!!

    If anyone in here as an idea that hasn’t been posted, PLEASE go ahead and post it!!

    I don’t want to revert back to WIN7…and don’t want to switch to MAC…God forbid!!

    There’s cases all over the web dating all the way back to November / December of last year…the fact that Microsoft hast fixed this yet is appalling!!

    Thanks for listening to me rant!

  • Having this same prob like everyone else. This morning I fixed the winsock issues using Kapil’s registries, but now getting this issue. I have updated drivers, reset modem, reset router to no avail. All other devices are working fine, just not my PC with Ethernet connection. Tried all of the above fixes. When I try /Renee I get this error -“unable to contact your DHCP server. Request has timed out” I’m lost here, any ideas?

  • I was able to fix the problem with the missing protocols problem which lead me to this issue. I ran into the same error as David did above where /renew gets me this – unable to contact DHCP server (timeout). Please help, I am in the middle of summer classes and have lots to do!

  • Still no frickin’ fix for this fiasco?? I’m tired of browsing on my phone!!
    Anyone?

  • Let’s say I have the worst scenario here. Network diagnosis tells me it is winsock case, so I tried resetting. Does not help. Tried deleting registry values and everything. When I try to reset ip config I get access denied damn it. It is often getting connected and then loosing in minutes. Windows 10

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ If the case is of ‘missing protocols’ or ‘Windows sockets registry’, you may want to try all suggestions available here: http://www.kapilarya.com/windows-sockets-registry-entries-required-for-network-connectivity-is-missing

  • Im having the same problem as rob. Please help! Just want to get my new computer build working already. Ive got lots of work i need to do.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ If you’re on a Windows Insider build, try upgrading to a newer one, see if it helps.

  • Thank you. FINALLY.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Awesome 😊

  • Thnx … :) its working very helpful…

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ 😎

  • Your PC is offline. Use last password to login……Well, it’s been over three weeks, speaking with numerous Microsoft support reps on the phone, locked out of my computer, nothing suggested has worked.
    1) YES – my PC is offline because I ALWAYS DISABLE THE ADAPTER BEFORE SHUTTING DOWN. NOW- -SUDDENLY, Windows 8.1 has locked me out completely!
    I CANNOT ACCESS ANYTHING on my system, All that appears is the screen with my name, email address, bar to enter my password which SUDDENLY DOES NOT WORK???
    2) There is a notification at the bottom right of the login screen that an UPDATE is available and to download it. DOES THIS HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE LOGIN PROBLEMS??

  • Thanks this worked and the instructions were great. I was lucky to have a desktop to figure this out.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad we could help 😎

  • We had problems with WiFi doesn’t have valid IP configuration, my husband was trying all last night. I decided to search and your instructions came up and were easy to follow. The matter is now resolved so thank you for your help.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Thank you for your feedback 😊

  • Kapil Arya, everything youve posted here and on other subjects linked with this issue have been the most helpfull thing i can find on google trying to fix this. Unfortunately i am still having no luck on connecting. Every time i reset winsock and int ip reset, my ip gets changed to a 169.xxx.xxx.xxx address and that brings me further into the pit. After that id have to follow your winsock registry deletion/replacement post. After that, my ip returns back to its original 192.xxx.xxx.xxx. Anyhow ive also tried all of the known cmd tricks and even tried manually entering ipv4/default gateway in ethernet properties, which leads me to a dns server error. I am really starting to get frustrated with all this. Do you think a wireless adapter would fix this problem? I’m on the brink of giving up.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Is your wireless adapter up-to-date? If it is outdated, no matter how many tricks you apply, nothing would work. Check it and install its latest version.

  • It worked! Fix 3 did the trick, thank you

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad it worked ☺️

  • My problem was fixed by just using the first line in step 2 and restarting. Thanks for the help!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Awesome 👍 😊

  • Thank you problem solved with fix 2 :-)

  • Thank you !!!!!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Welcome!

  • Fantastic! You solved my problem with very clear instructions.
    Thanks very much!

  • Thank you, Kapil! The first two netsh commands and reboot just solved this issue on my machine with the Win 10 Anniversary update.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Happy to help ☺️

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