How to fix Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration Error

Ethernet doesn't have a valid IP configuration Error1

Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error is caused because DHCP is unable to get a valid IP Address from you NIC (Network Interface Card). Dynamic IP configuration is enabled by default so that a user does not need to manually enter any settings to connect to a network with a DHCP server. But because your Ethernet doesn’t have one you won’t be able to access the internet and you might get an error like “Limited connectivity or No internet access.”

How to fix Ethernet doesn't have a valid IP configuration Error

Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error Fix:

Method 1: Reinstalling TCP/IP Settings

1.Right-click on Windows key and select “Command Prompt(Admin).

command prompt with admin rights

2.Type following commands and hit enter:

netsh winsock reset

netsh winsock reset

netsh int ip reset 

netsh int ip reset

3.Restart your PC to apply these changes.

Method 2: Disable and Enable your NIC(Network Interface Card)

1.Press Windows key + R, then type “ncpa.cpl” and hit enter.

ncpa.cpl to open wifi settings

2.Now right click on the NIC that is facing issue the issue.

Disable the wifi which can't configure the ip

3.Select Disable and again Enable it after few minutes.

Enable the Wifi to reassign the ip

4.Wait till it successfully receives an IP address.

5.If the issue persists type the following commands in cmd:

ipconfig /release

ipconfig /flushdns

ipconfig /renew

ipconfig settings

6.Restart your PC and check if the issue is resolved or not.

Method 3: Change Network Adapter Settings

1.Press Windows key + R, then type “ncpa.cpl” and hit enter.

ncpa.cpl to open wifi settings

2.Now right click on your WiFi (NIC) and select Properties.

Wifi properties

3.Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/Ipv4) and click Properties.

Internet protocal version 4 (TCP IPv4)

4.Make sure the following are checked:

Obtain an IP address automatically 
Obtain DNS server address automatically.

5.Click Ok and exit WiFi properties.

internet ipv4 properties

6.Reboot to apply changes.

Method 4: Uninstall Ethernet Drivers

1.Press Windows Key + R and type “devmgmt.msc” to open device manager.

2.Expand Network adapter and right click on Network Adapter for which you’re facing the issue and click Uninstall.

network adapters uninstall ethernet adapters

3.If asked for confirmation click OK.

confirm device uninstall

4.Finally, click Action then Scan for hardware changes.

click action then scan for hardware changes

5.Restart your PC to apply these changes.

Method 5: Update your drivers

1.Press Windows Key + R and “devmgmt.msc” to open device manager.

devmgmt.msc device manager

2.Expand Network Adapter and right click on network adapter for which you’re facing the issue and click Update Driver Software.

network adapter update driver software

3.Select “Browse my computer for driver software.

browse my computer for driver software

4.Now click on “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.

let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer

5.Update all the drivers listed one by one and see if it fixes the issue.

update all the drivers one by one

6.Alternatively if above didn’t work go to manufacturer’s website to download latest drivers. For example, I have Realtek PCIe FE family controller, so I need to download Realtek PCIe drivers from its website.

7.Reboot your PC.

Also, see how to fix limited internet access or no connectivity WiFi issue.

That’s it you have successfully fix the Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error. If you still have any queries regarding this post feel free to ask them in comments.

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  1. Jacob

    Thanks for the help! Method 1: ReinstallingTCP/IP settings fixes my IP configuration error each time. Unfortunately, i need to run these commands nearly every other day because the error keeps recurring on my computer. Any idea why this error would continuously recur? Could it be caused by having too many devices in my home connecting to the internet via Wifi? Thanks again!

    1. Welcome and no it doesn’t cause by having too many devices connected to the internet via wifi, well if the problem keeps occurring itself you might wanna check your PC configuration, what you can do is run Malware bytes see this post here: if it still doesn’t solve your problem then see if this problem is another laptop or just yours, try all these and get back to me we will definitely solve this problem 🙂

      1. Jacob

        Thanks. I will download and run Malware bytes and see if that helps? is it okay to run Malware bytes with McAfee already running on my computer? The computer that has the problem most frequently is my desktop that is connected via ethernet cable to my ATT Uverse Modem. In most cases, that is the only computer affected. On a few occasions, the WiFi network has lost connectivity as well.

    2. Lisa

      Ask someone but me. Anyway I think you may have to check your restore thing. I had similar problem and was walked through process to get rid of it from my backup. I may have deleted it from where ever but every time I set the restore guess what…there it was. Only a suggestion.

  2. Artin

    Hey dude thnx for the help but my problem is that when i plug in my LAN cable in my laptop at first is says IDENTIFYING than after a wile it says UNIDENTIFIED NETWORK i tried every method and nothing worked !

  3. Fanny

    You’ve captured this pelefctry. Thanks for taking the time!

  4. P. Daoust

    I moved the cable to a different port on the router. Problem solved!

  5. Michael

    Thank you so much for these troubleshooter hints!! My PC has been offline for two days until I found your site. The very first hint solved my problem! Thank you so much for the help you provide!!

  6. Tushar

    I was stuck with this problem for so long… Method 1 was really helpful! Thanks!

  7. Coffee head

    Yep first one worked for me too thanks so much it was driving me nut

  8. Senthil

    Great tips. The second method worked for me.
    Thanks a lot.

  9. Stillmore

    very informative. i tried all of them and is the last one that work for me. i have to download it to installed. thakns

  10. Jax

    The first method works for me! Thanks for the great help.. was struggling trying to configure and troubleshooting it for the entire day but nothing works until this

  11. Yelena

    You are awesome! Spent over an hour on the phone with support and no one figured it out! Followed your steps and worked right away! You made my day!!

  12. Mike

    Tried all of the above, but still have a problem with the ethernet landline (WiFi works fine and is pinch-hitting for the internet connection for now). System was working fine up until a few days ago when I was attempting to used Clonezilla to backup the system onto an external disk. No joy trying to do that, since the Windows 10 disk is segmented into six partitions, versus the old Windows 7 system it replaces, which was all nicely loaded into a single partition. After a couple of abortive attempts, the Ethernet connection stopped working. Tried a couple of new cables, different ports on the cable modem, no luck. Tried several techniques, including everything on this page, to resolve the problem, but no luck. Suggestions?

  13. NIMISH

    Hi, ive tried each one of the steps, none seems to work,
    also when i am trying to run ipconfig /renew , i see this error:
    unable to connect to your DHCP server.
    i’ve checked the services too, DHCP is running.
    even after restarting the services the problem still persists.

  14. Mitch

    Hi there I have tried the first 4 so far and no luck. However I wanted to note that I am using a tp-link that sends the internet data through the power lines around the house. I have to reset the to link every time I turn off my computer. Problem is the other side is my landlords so it’s hard to access. Do you have any experience using this device? It seems that the internet is being sent through the device fine. But my computer is having issues with it.

  15. Thank you for help getting win10 network running!

  16. Some users

    Um hello in the first method it says failed and acces denied,,what to do??btw i have try all your method except the last one,,thanks for the hardwork

  17. Zen

    Had tried all methods. Doesn’t work. In a fit of anger, i uninstalled my anti-virus (Avast Premier licenced) Damn! It works smoothly ?Anyway, nice post ?

  18. Malik Atta

    Thank You Man First Method Worked For Me 🙂 GOD bless you

  19. Mae

    Very helpful blog. #2 fixes mine. Thank you heaps!

    Very happy here 😀

  20. Jim

    I get the error you describe but only on “ethernet3”. Ethernet 1&2 work fine. I am a little afraid to apply your solution, afraid that it will affect ethernet 1&2. Should I go ahead and apply the first fix?

    Thanks for your help

  21. Bill Young

    My Samsung PC is not connecting to the internet via Wifi and ethernet. It shows the ‘Ethernet does not have a valid IP configuration’ message. I have been travelling for a month and using the PC with other modem/routers without problems except that, on the last day before return, it would not let Outlook to send/receive; but internet itself was OK.
    I have another Samsung PC and it, as well as other devices, is fine. Both PCs are set for automatic updates.

  22. Phil Wray

    I went through all the above steps with no success so thought about when the connection had been lost and realised that it was at the time the modem was rebooted. So looked at the back of the modem and realised that a lead was missing – found the loose end hidden away and reconnected – hey presto all fixed. Moral of the story is dont always blame the NIC – check the cables first!

  23. Derek

    The fourth method worked for me. Thank you very much, you’re a saint!

  24. Rorschach

    Thank you so much the first method worked like a charm. After building a quite expensive gaming pc you can see why I was a bit worried.

  25. Ashwin

    Can u help me resolve problem with my PC? I and my neighbor share the Internet…. We have an Ethernet cable coming from their home,we connect it to another modem in our home or sometimes directly to the desktop ,but now we are not able to connect to the Internet through any of our devices… Every time it shows a yellow triangle ,which says connected but no internet access…I tried all your methods but none worked! Is it a problem with the software or the hardware?

    1. Have tried replacing the ethernet cable, because if you have successfully completed all the above steps then it might be related to hardware rather than the software issue.

  26. Andy

    I cannot get it to work even though I tried every single method. It keeps saying that there’s an error with the Ethernet just like always. Please help 🙁

  27. Kaz

    Tried all these methods and none of them worked have changed eternet cords still have the same problem

  28. Jacobus Mostert

    I had a network set up so that it used my phone’s internet by using USB tethering, so that my pc could get internet access. It worked perfectly the day before but today it just wouldn’t work. So I tried all the methods above, but still the problem persisted. Through process of elimination I managed to find the solution on my own.

    Recently I installed (a few weeks ago) a program called NetLimiter 4, so that I could restrict and limit programs’ access to the internet. I limited all the programs to my choosing and limit the windows programs to 50 B/s. It gave me no trouble until yesterday. But as I found out today is that you should disable the limit for “svchost.exe” when starting up your pc (or if you see you don’t have access to the internet). My pc was now finally connected to the internet! After the connection was established, I once again limited the “svchost.exe” program to 50 B/s and I still had access to the internet! Hope this helps someone. Good day!

  29. Chris

    I tried all of these fixes and none of them worked. There is something wrong with your network card I think. What did fix this error, was unplugging the router for 5-7 minutes and to my knowledge it then runs its own diagnostic or something and corrects itself. Worked for me. Easiest fix.

  30. Nikhil Gupta

    nice article this article is really great and very well explained
    this is the big problem for me
    thanks for it

  31. Georgios

    Tryed all the methods but the problem exist. My wifi is working , my other pc connected on the same rooter is working fine. Happened yesterday so unexpectedly.
    I open Network and sharing center while is identifying, My Ethernet shows as a unidentified Network.
    While Troubleshooting says a Problem found.
    Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP Confiquration.
    Need Help please

  32. Oops

    None of those worked, but my roommate came home and pointed out that I was plugged in to the modem, not the router. In my defense, they looked really weird.

  33. Ron

    Will thesend Command Prompt instructions work with Windows Powershell?

  34. Eric

    Method 2 works like a charm!! Thank you so much, you’re a lifesaver!!

  35. Gordon

    Strangely I tried a few of these, no success. But I read elsewhere that changing socket of Ethernet cable on router can fix. Changed once. Nothing. Changed again and bingo. Internet recovered. Seems I have 2 dead sockets on router now

  36. Matt

    So I updated my drivers through the website given as I have the same driver software, and when I’ve done it before it’s worked. I did it today and whem I went to restart my PC it came up with a screen asking me to select a boot media device like when I initially booted it up. Please help me 🙁

  37. XCLN

    Okay – none of the proposed solutions worked – until I read the comment about switching ports on the router. Then it worked. Makes sense, somehow there could be a setting on the switch keeping track of IP addresses in some cache or other; I presume turning off all the routers/ switches and then back on would to the trick too. Thanks for the poster above!

  38. darryl

    I tried everything you have on this page,nothing worked. It was driving me mad, I even tried a system restore, still no good.
    For some reason when I applied internet sharing on my wireless connection I noticed it didn’t give me the option to share the wireless connection by name, the option just wasn’t showing. I decided to use the rename option after right clicking the network adapter, once renamedit gave me the option to share the device, hey presto it worked.

  39. Meera

    I tried all the methods and the cmd
    Prompt 3 gave me the following
    No operation can be performed on local area connection* 11 while it has its media disconnected. An error occurred while renewing interface Wi- Fi : An attempt was made to access a docket in a way forbidden by its access permissions.

    So what do I do next?

  40. Manuel

    Thank you so much! i have been desperate for a solution the last 3 hours, but it finally worked thanks to your guide!

  41. Holyshadow30

    So I’ve tried all these methods and I’m still getting the same error. I’ve tried changing cords I’ve tried restarting the router I’ve tried resetting the network and still nothing. If anyone has anything else to help me let me know at this moment I welcome anything.

  42. Habib

    I tried every method but it doesn’t work for me please help me anyone if you have any other way to solve mail me, hatbibmd007 @

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