If you are getting the “Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” error, then it means that there is some problem with the Network Interface Card or NIC. This error can basically come up if the NIC connected to the router through the Ethernet cable fails to fetch a valid IP address. A computer requires a correct IP address to interact with the router and operate within the internet.
Causes for the “Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” Issue
Here, there will be various reasons why this issue can come up after all. Some of the common ones are here as follows.
- If the ‘Fast Startup’ feature is active, then this problem can come up.
- When the ‘IPv6’ is enabled, then also this issue can come up.
- If the network adapter is not working properly, then there is a possibility for you to encounter this issue.
- When the ‘DHCP’ is not active, this issue may crop up.
How to fix Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration Error?
You will get multiple methods here, in order to fix the issue “ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration windows 10”.
1: Disable ‘Fast Startup’ Feature
If the ‘Fast Startup’ feature is active, then you can get this issue. The best answer to resolve this problem is to disable the ‘Fast Startup’ feature. In order to fix this error, all you have to do is, follow the steps below.
- First, hit both the keys ‘Windows + S’ simultaneously to open the default search area of the Operating System.
- Inside that area, type the text “control panel” and then form the output list, choose the “Control Panel” option. As soon as you click on that option, then a new window having the title “Control Panel” will come up.
- Inside that window, click on the ‘System and Security’ setting category. This action will open a new page, in it, locate and click on the option ‘Power Options’.
- When another page appears, next, go to the left pane and click the “Choose what the power button does” link. This action will open a new page having the name ‘System Settings’ will come up.
- On that page, locate and choose the “Change settings that are currently unavailable” link. Now, go to the ‘Shutdown settings’ section and untick the ‘Turn on fast startup (recommended)’
- At last, go to the bottom of that window then click on the ‘Save changes’ button and reboot the computer.
2: Set network settings once Again
If the network settings of the computer get corrupted somehow, then there is a chance for you to encounter this problem. The correct answer to rectify this error is to reset the network settings. To do that, follow the steps below.
- First, right-click on the ‘Windows’ logo, to open the ‘Options menu’. Next, from that menu locate and choose the ‘Command Prompt (Admin)’ option.
- As soon as you click on that option, then a new window having the black background, and white text along with the name ‘Command Prompt’ will come up.
- Inside that window, type the following commands one after another – “ipconfig /flushdns”, “ipconfig /renew”, “nbtstat -R”, “nbstat -RR”, “netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt” and “netsh winsock reset”. After each of those commands press the ‘Enter’ button to execute them.
- Once the execution of the commands is over, next, restart the computer. When the machine boots up again, next, go to method one and follow the first two steps to launch the ‘Control Panel’ window.
- Inside that window, select the ‘Network and Internet’ setting category. This action will open a new page, in it, choose the ‘Network and Sharing Center’ option.
- Now, another page will come up having a title ‘Networking and Sharing Center’. Within this page, navigate to the left panel and select the ‘Change adapter settings’ link.
- A new page will come up, inside it, locate the current network adapter that is in use and right-click on it. Next, choose the ‘Disable’ option. After the deactivation process once again, right-click on that adapter and choose the ‘Enable’ option.
- Finally, reboot the machine and see if this issue is there or not.
3: Remove the network adapter and install it once Again
If the network adapter has any kind of internal problem, then you might face with this error. Now, the correct solution to resolve this issue is to uninstall and then reinstall the problematic network adapter. The steps on how can you do so are as follows.
- First, press on both the ‘Windows + R’ keys together to open the new ‘Run’ dialog box. In that dialog box, type the text “hdwwiz.cpl” and then hit the ‘OK’ button.
- As soon as you click on that button, then the ‘Device Manager’ window will come up. Inside that window, locate the ‘Network adapters’ device and double-click on it to reveal all the respective drivers on the sub-list.
- Next, from the sub-list locate the driver of the network adapter and right-click on it. Then, from the popup menu click on the Uninstall’ option. If a confirmation message comes up, then click on the ‘Uninstall’ button once again.
- Now, go to the menubar and choose the ‘Action’ item. Next, from the drop-down list that appears, choose the ‘Scan for hardware changes’ option.
- Since there is no network adapter, then the Windows OS will automatically look for that adapter and install it from the Internet.
4: Inspect the Network Adapter Settings
If the settings of the network adapter are not correctly done, then “Windows 10 ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” glitch can show up. The easiest way to resolve this problem is to check for the network adapter settings. How can you do it is as follows.
- First, to open the ‘Run’ dialog box, press the keys ‘Windows + R’ together. Next, within that dialog box, enter the text “ncpa.cpl” and then click on the ‘OK’ button.
- This action will open a new window with the name “Network Connections”. Inside that window, locate currently active network adapter and right-click on it.
- Then, from the popup menu that appears, select the ‘Properties’ option. As soon as you click on that option, then a new ‘Properties’ dialog box will come up, in it, locate and choose the ‘Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP /IPv4)’ option.
- Next, press the ‘Properties’ button below the list, to open a new ‘Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties’dialog box.
- Within this new dialog box, choose the following two options respectively ‘Obtain an IP address automatically’ and ‘Obtain DNS server address automatically’.
- Lastly, click on the ‘OK’ buttons and reboot the computer to apply the changes.
5: Activate the DHCP Client
If the DHCP client is not active, then this problem may crop up. The most feasible solution to get rid of this problem is to activate the DHCP client from the ‘Services’ window. Get steps here on how can you do it.
- First, press on the ‘Cortana’ logo, to launch the default search area. Within that area, input the text “services” and then choose the ‘Services’ option.
- As soon as you click on that option, then a new window with the name ‘Services’ will come up. Within that window, locate the ‘DHCP Client’ service and double-click on the same.
- This action will open the new ‘DHCP Client Properties’ dialog box. Inside that dialog box, go to the ‘Startup type:’ field and choose the ‘Automatic’ option.
- Next, to activate this service, click on the ‘Start’ button. Then, click on the ‘Apply’ and ‘OK’ buttons respectively. Now, go to the ‘DHCP Client’ service once again and right-click on it.
- Finally, from the popup menu, choose the ‘Restart-Service’ option.
6: Reboot the Router
If not a single method provided above can solve this problem, then as the last solution reboot the router.
- First, press the power button of the router to turn it off.
- Take out the power cable from the wall socket and then remove the LAN cable from its back.
- Wait for two minutes and power on the router.
- Finally, see check whether this issue is still there or not.