If your computer is coming up with “Wi-Fi Doesn’t have valid IP Configuration” error, you can find below the steps to fix this WiFi Network connectivity error on your computer.
Wi-Fi Doesn’t Have Valid IP Configuration Error
When the computer is unable to connect to internet, it usually comes up with an error message pointing to the reason for its inability to connect to network.
If the network connectivity problem is related to IP Address of the computer or modem, you may find the computer coming up with “WiFi Doesn’t Have Valid IP Configuration” or “Unidentified Network” error message.
In most cases, this common WiFi Connectivity error can be fixed by using the following methods.
1. Power Flush the Modem/Router
Unplug the Modem/Router from its power supply source and patiently wait for 60 seconds.
After 60 seconds, reconnect the Modem/Router to power supply source and wait for all the lights to turn green.
Now, check to see if the computer is able to connect to internet, without displaying any error message.
2. Try Network Troubleshooter
Start by using the built-in Windows Network Troubleshooter to find and fix this problem.
Go to Settings > Network & Internet > scroll down in the right-pane and click on Network Troubleshooter.
Wait for the troubleshooter to detect issues and follow the Instructions to fix problems on your computer.
3. Reset Wireless Network Adapter
Right Click on the Start button and click on Device Manager. On Device Manager screen, expand Network Adapters entry > right-click on Wireless Adapter and click on Uninstall device option.
On the confirmation pop-up, check Delete driver software for this device option and click on Uninstall.
Restart your computer and Windows should automatically install the right driver software.
Note: In rare cases, Windows may fail to install the right driver. If this happens, manually download the driver software from the manufacturers website and install it on your computer.
4. Reset Winsock Protocol
A Winsock reset uninstalls unidentified or harmful network connections on your computer (if any) and restores the computer to default settings.
Open Command Prompt As Admin > Type netsh winsock reset in the Command Prompt window and press the Enter key.
Close the Command Prompt window and Restart your computer.
5. Release/Renew IP Address
Open Command Prompt as Admin > type ipconfig /release and press the enter key. This will release the current IP Address of your computer.
Next, type ipconfig /renew and press the Enter key to renew the IP Address of your computer. Close Command Prompt window and restart your computer.
6. Update Network Driver
Right Click on the Start button and click on Device Manager > On Device Manger Screen, expand Network Adapters > right-click on the WiFi Adapter and click on Update Driver Software option.
Tip: If you see multiple entries, look for something that has Wi-Fi in it or says Network or 802.11b.
On the next screen, click on Search Automatically for Updated Driver Software.
Wait for your computer to search for the Latest Driver Software as available for the WiFi Adapter. Follow the onscreen instructions to Install the driver software (If available).
7. Disable Antivirus Program
In certain cases, the problem is caused by the Antivirus program installed on your computer. Hence, temporarily disable the Antivirus software program installed on your computer and see of this helps.
In most cases, you should be able to right-click on the Antivirus Program icon in the taskbar and select Disable option.
If you cannot find the program icon in the Taskbar, it should be available in the System Tray. If you are using Windows Defender, disable Windows Defender for a temporary period.