“Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP Configuration” | EASY FIX

Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP Configuration

Hello guys, this article will explain to you about an error message of Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration which specifies that your computer Ethernet connection has no valid IP configuration. 

This means the operating system is not able to receive an IP address from the DHCP (dynamic host configuration protocol) server.

 

Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration

The DHCP server is a network protocol that assigns an IP address to your computer for a specific network.

If it fails to assign IP address you will get the error message of Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration with a yellow triangle mark on your network icon located at the right-hand bottom.

 

Note:- Discord no route error can also be because of local area connection doesn’t have a valid ip configuration                 

 

What can cause Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP Configuration

  • An issue with Network Interface Card (NIC)
  • Network Adaptor Glitch
  • Incorrect network configuration
  • Network Cache
  • Bad Network cable

 

How to FIX “Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration

 

Before proceeding with the technical methods I would request you to go through with few basic and easy steps which may fix this error of Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration.

Note: – Don not skips the FIX #1 to FIX #5 which is the basic and easiest way

 

EASY FIX #1:- Running Network Troubleshooter may FIX ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration  

If something on your device isn’t working such as with Network, hardware & devices or Program compatibility and if you face issues like Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration you can use Windows in-built Troubleshooter to fix such issues.

Follow the steps to run Windows Troubleshooter

  • Type Troubleshooter in the search box located at the left-hand bottom
  • Select Troubleshoot settings from the suggestion box
  • Now in the troubleshoot settings box look for find and fix other problems
  • Find Network Adaptors and click on it
  • Click Run the Troubleshooter which will start the process
  • Wait till the process get completed and restart your computer

You can try this to fix the issue of local area connection doesn’t have a valid IP configuration and if not please run the same step once again.

 

Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration

 

 

EASY FIX #2:- Make sure your DHCP client service is running

  • Press Windows + R key together to open RUN box and type services.msc, click ok
  • Please wait until you see Services Window is coming up.
  • Now in Service window look for DHCP Client and make sure its Status is running and the Startup type is Automatic
  • If not double click on it and choose start-up type Automatic and click on Start

Refresh and Restart your computer to check if the issue of local area connection doesn’t have a valid IP configuration is fixed or not.        

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EASY FIX #3:- Temporarily disable your Antivirus and VPN connections

Many times it has been observed that an error of Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration occur because of an Antivirus or any running VPN connection.

Antivirus may detect threats like IDP.GENERIC which can also block your IP or can be a cause of incorrect network settings

So we won’t waste much time on this and will quickly disable Antivirus and the VPN connection.

Restart your device and see if this fixes your issue of local area connection doesn’t have a valid IP configuration.

 

EASY FIX #4:-Disable Fast Start-up to FIX ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration

Fast start-up load settings directly from system cache to minimize boot time of Windows. Follow the steps to disable Fast Start-up

  • Type Power in the search box and click on Power & sleep settings from the suggestion box
  • Now in the power settings windows look for additional power settings and click on it
  • On the left-hand panel look for Choose what the power button does and click on it

 

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  • In the next box click on “Change settings that are currently unavailable”
  • Scroll down to find shut down settings and uncheck the box of the turn-on fast start-up
  • Click save changes and restart your computer

Disabling Fast start-up may fix Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration Windows 10 as the system will now fully boot without cache.

ethernet doesn't have a valid ip configuration

 

 

EASY FIX #5:- Restart your Modem and Router

Turn off your Router and Modem and remove Internet cable connected to your modem or router with Rj45 connector and wait at least for 5 to 10 minutes.

Now you can insert the cable back and turn on your router and modem.

Please check your connection now

Not working DONT WORRY

Proceed to FIX#6

 

FIX #6:- Check Network Adaptor (TCP/IP) settings

Mostly ISP (Internet service provider) uses the DHCP server to assign an IP address to their user.

Network Adaptor settings use automatically obtains an IP address option to obtain an IP address from DHCP automatically.

We need to make sure of these settings

  • Type CPL on the search box and hit Enter.
  • Now you will see different network connections, right-click on Ethernet or Local area network and choose properties
  • Double click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
  • In the next box make sure “Obtain an IP address automatically” and “Obtain DNS server address automatically” are checked
  • If not check them and click OK to make the changes

This will probably fix Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration and if not kindly restart and check again.

ethernet doesn't have a valid ip configuration

 

Note: – Please check the Router port where the cable is connected, you need to make sure, Ethernet cable is connected to Ethernet port only

 

FIX #7:- Reset Network Configuration to FIX ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration  

This is another strong fix where we will Reset and Flush the IP address as many times computer saved network settings become outdated or get conflict with another network.

Performing this method will also fix the issue of DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN which mostly appears on Google Chrome.

So simply follow the steps in order to reset the settings

  • Type cmd in the Windows search box
  • From the suggestion box right-click on cmd and click run as administrator
  • Once the black window of command prompt comes up, perform the below commands one by one

Ipconfig /flushdns

Ipconfig /release

Ipconfig /renew

Nbtstat –R

Nbtstat –RR

Netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt

Netsh winsock reset

ethernet doesn't have a valid ip configuration

  • After performing these commands type NCPA.CPL again in the search box again and hit enter
  • Right-click again on the Ethernet  box and choose Disable
  • Wait for 2 minutes and Enable it again
  • Restart your computer and check if the issues of Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration has been fixed or not.

 

Note:- you need to type above command one by one and need to wait after putting one command until it finishes.

 

 

FIX #7:-Disable other Network Adaptors

Sometimes different network adaptors installed on the computer can interfere with each other and may create issues with ethernet and cause an error like of local area connection doesn’t have a valid IP configuration.

By different network adaptors I mean VMware Adaptors, Bluetooth Adaptors, and Microsoft Kernel Debug Network Adaptor.

To disable VMware and Bluetooth Adaptor follow below steps

  • Type ncpa.cpl in the search box and hit Enter
  • In the next window, you will see all the Network Adaptors
  • Look for other adaptors like VMware and Bluetooth Adaptors, right-click on it and Disable it.

For Microsoft Kernel Debug Adaptor, follow the steps

  • Type Device manager in the Windows search box located at the left-hand bottom and hit Enter.
  • The device manager box will come up, scroll down and look for Network Adaptors.
  • Double click on Device Manager and locate to the VIEW tab at the bottom of the screen
  • Click on view and check Show hidden devices which will display Microsoft Kernel Debug Network Adaptor
  • Right-click on it and click Disable device.
  • Click on yes if message prompts for the permission

You can now check if this fixed the issue, you can also try after restarting.

 

disable microsoft kernel debug network adaptor

 

Note: – Keep checking your Modem and Router lights to make sure you are getting network indication light or not

 

 

FIX #8:- Update Ethernet Network Adaptor

May be any bug or an outdated Network Adaptor can create issues connecting to the Internet and gives an error of “Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” due to which computer is not functioning properly.

Updating Network Adaptor drivers may fix this issue.

Let’s see the steps

  • Type device manager on the Windows search box and hit Enter.
  • From the device, manager box look for Network Adaptors and double click on it.
  • Look for your Ethernet driver and right-click on it to click Update.
  • You will get a new pop up where you need to select “Search automatically for updated driver software” which will start searching the latest driver.
  • Once installed you can restart your device

 

If no updated drivers are found you can switch to next FIX

Update drivers automatically

 

FIX #9:- Reinstall LAN Network Adaptor

In this method, we will first uninstall the affected LAN network adaptor and then reinstall it. Follow the steps

  • Type device manager on the Windows search box and hit Enter.
  • From the device, manager box look for Network Adaptors and double click on it.
  • Look for your LAN driver and right-click on it to click Uninstall
  • Follow the instruction by giving your permission and restart your device to completely remove the current network adaptor.
  • Once the computer is restarted open device manager again and click on Action from the above tab and click on “Scan for hardware changes”
  • Doing the above step will automatically install the latest LAN network adaptor for you.(make sure you are connected to the Internet while performing this step)
  • If anyhow it fails, you need to download the latest updated driver from the Manufactures’s website.

scan for hardware changes

 

This is how you can search on Google

Latest LAN driver for (manufactures name)

Click here in case of Realtek

  • Once downloaded right-click on the setup file and click properties > Compatibility > Run this program in compatibility mode for > select your operating system and click Apply and OK
  • Switch to setup file and double click on it to install

Restart the computer once installed and check if this fixed “Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” issue on your computer.

 

FIX #10:- Disable IPv6 and Check LAN Cable

By default, the computer is configured to use IPv4 but possibly due to certain misconfiguration, IPv6 may run and create conflict giving an error of “Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration Window 10”.

Follow the steps to disable IPv6

  • Type ncpa.cpl in the Windows search box and hit Enter
  • Right-click on your LAN network adaptor and click properties
  • Look for Internet protocol version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and uncheck it
  • Click on OK and restart your device.

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Finally, if nothing works chances are that problem is with the LAN cable, so we need to make sure that there is no cut or any problem with the cable

NOTE: –  Please read below frequently asked questions, which will clear many more doubts

 

 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Question: Is this method good for fixing Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration in windows 10?

Answer: – Yes, these methods are good for all operating system of Windows except Windows XP

 

 

Question: –How do I fix no IP address on Android?

Answer: – Please follow below instructions

  • Change the encryption type
  • Forget network and reconnect again to your network 
  • Tun of your MAC filtering
  • Restart your modem and Phone
  • Turn your phone flight mode ON and OFF

 

 

Question: – How do I know if an IP address is invalid?

Answer: – There can be many signs of invalid IP, like 

  • Any IP address with  more than 3 dots is invalid
  • If any IP address begins with 0 it’s invalid
  • Address above 255 will be invalid
  • IP address starting from 240 to 255 is reserved, and cannot be assigned

 

 

Question: – Why is my IP address not showing up?

Answer: – This means you are not connected to the Internet and DHCP failed to assign an IP address to your device

 

 

 

Question: – Can I fix the LAN on a PC when it says the IP is not valid?

Answer: – Yes, follow the same steps mentioned above, but first I would recommend you to check your cable and make sure your LAN cable is connected to the right port of Modem that is Ethernet port.

 

 

 

Question: – I am able to use the Internet on my phone but why not on my PC which gives me the same error of Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration?

Answer: – Yes, because the problem is with your PC settings like with NIC card, Network settings, etc. Follow the above steps carefully and I am very sure your issue will be resolved.

 

 

 

Question: – Will this article also help if I am getting the “Unidentified Network” label with a yellow triangle mark on my Network icon.

Answer: – Yes, an Unidentified network means your device is not able to identify the network which can be because of many reasons like

DHCP fails to assign an IP address

Network Adaptor glitch

LAN cable

Network Cache and incorrect settings.

Follow the steps given in the article from the beginning.

 

CONCLUSION

This Article covered almost every step to fix this error of Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration in Windows.

Please follow every step carefully and do not skip any of the above FIX methods.

Still, if nothing works for you, please contact your ISP (Internet service provider).

Please let me know in the comment box if this article solved your issue or not.

If someone has any other method to fix this issue they also mention it on the comment box to help other people.

 

 

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