local area connection doesn’t have a valid IP configuration windows 10

Experiencing the error message “Local Area Connection Doesn’t Have a Valid IP Configuration” can be frustrating when you’re trying to connect to a network using an Ethernet connection on your Windows computer. This error usually indicates an issue with the network settings, DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) configuration, or conflicts with the IP address assignment. In this article, we will explore several troubleshooting steps to help you resolve this error and establish a valid IP configuration for your Local Area Connection.

Why connection doesn’t have a valid IP configuration?

Local Area or wifi doesn’t t have a valid ip configuration error occurs your NIC (Network Interface Card) failed to get a valid IP address from the DHCP server. Which result “Limited connectivity or No internet access.” This is mostly caused due to incompatible NIC drivers, incorrect network configuration, faulty NIC card, Or sometimes problems on Router, Modem or from the ISP side which may cause this local area connection doesn’t have a valid IP configuration. Sometimes the Error would be different like

Local area connection doesn’t have a valid IP configuration.

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OR

Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration.

OR

wifi doesn t have a valid ip configuration

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OR

Wireless network connection doesn’t have a valid IP configuration.

Restart Your Computer and Network Devices

Start by performing a simple restart of your computer and network devices. This action can often resolve temporary network glitches and refresh network configurations.

  1. Shut down your computer.
  2. Turn off your router and modem.
  3. Wait for about 30 seconds.
  4. Turn on the modem first and wait for it to establish a connection.
  5. Then, turn on the router and allow it to establish a connection.
  6. Finally, start your computer and check if the “Local Area Connection Doesn’t Have a Valid IP Configuration” error persists.

Release and Renew IP Configuration

Next, try releasing and renewing the IP configuration for your Local Area Connection. This process can help resolve conflicts and ensure a fresh IP assignment.

  1. Press the Windows key and type “Command Prompt.”
  2. Right-click on “Command Prompt” in the search results and select “Run as administrator.”
  3. In the Command Prompt window, type the following command and press Enter:

netsh winsock reset

netsh int ip reset

netcfg -d

ipconfig /release

ipconfig /renew

ipconfig /flushdns

ipconfig /registerdns

After complete, these commands simply type exit to close the command prompt and restart windows to take effect the changes. Most of the time Reset Network configuration to Default Setup fix almost every network and internet related problem. And I am sure performing this step resolves the problem for you.

Disable and Enable the Local Area Connection

Disabling and enabling the Local Area Connection can refresh the network settings and potentially resolve the IP configuration issue.

  1. Right-click on the network icon in the system tray and select “Open Network & Internet settings.”
  2. In the Settings window, click on “Change adapter options.”
  3. Right-click on the Local Area Connection and choose “Disable.”
  4. After a few moments, right-click on the Local Area Connection again and select “Enable.”
  5. Check if the error is resolved and the Local Area Connection obtains a valid IP configuration.

Update/Re-install Network Adapter

Again as discussed before Incompatible corrupted network adapter driver also cause this problem, get stuck or fails to get a valid IP Address from DHCP server which results  “Limited connectivity or No internet access.” And local area connection doesn’t have a valid IP configuration that runs the network adapter troubleshooter.

Updating the drivers can help ensure compatibility and proper functioning. You can simply visit the device manufacturer’s website to download the latest available network adapter driver to install it. Or you can Update the NIC driver from Windows update using the device manager.

  • To do this open Device Manager by press Windows + R, type devmgmt.msc and hit the enter key.
  • Expend the network adapter, then right-click on the installed network adapter driver and Select update driver.
  • click on search automatically for updated driver software and follow the on-screen instructions to update the driver software.

Update Re-install Network Adapter

Or you can simply select uninstall the driver in place of update driver to completely remove the old NIC driver. Then after restart Windows and install the driver which you have downloaded from the device manufacturer’s website.

Check IP address is set to Obtain automatically

Also on network configuration make sure its set to Obtain an IP address automatically and  DNS server address automatically from DHCP server.

To check and configure this

  • Press Windows +R, type ncpa.cpl and hit the enter key.
  • Then right-click on the active network connection and select properties.
  • Double-click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/Ipv4) and Make sure the following are checked:

Obtain an IP address automatically

Obtain DNS server address automatically.

Obtain an IP address and DNS automatically

Set Network Connection Value

It is another useful technique to fix the connection doesn’t have a valid IP configuration issue. You can modify the value of your connection. To do this open the command prompt as administrator and type ipconfig /all and note down the physical address. For example: here for me it’s 00-2E-2D-F3-02-90.

check mac address

  • Now press Windows + R, type ncpa.cpl and hit the enter key to open the network connections window.
  • Here right right-click and select properties on the connection you are using.
  • Now, Click on Configure and go to the Advanced tab.
  • Then, Click on the option “Network Address” from the property section.
  • After that, Set the value that you have copied (example: 002E2DF30290) in the previous step.
  • Now restart Windows to take the changes effect and on the next start check the problem has been resolved.

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