Connecting to the internet is done in two primary ways: physically and wirelessly. The physical method relies on wires to provide the connection and — to put it simply — the wire used to establish an internet connection is known as the “Ethernet cable”, which provides network communication and system access. In short, the Ethernet is a wondrous thing. But it can also go wrong, causing all sorts of problems for productivity, work, and leisure.
What Is ‘Ethernet Doesn’t Have a Valid IP Configuration’?
The error in the title, “Ethernet Doesn’t Have a Valid IP Configuration”, is a common culprit in problem scenarios. This error means that the system cannot provide access to the Ethernet’s IP configuration; in other words, due to some critical factor, the system is failing to establish a connection to the internet and it believes the IP address is involved in the issue. Read on for a primer on how to fix.
How to Fix the ‘Ethernet Doesn’t Have a Valid IP Configuration’ Error
The easiest thing to try first is simply to restart your Wi-Fi: much like restarting a computer or phone, you’d be surprised how often this simple act resolves a malfunction. But if that doesn’t work, try the following methods.
Reset the Network Adapter
- Go to Settings and navigate to Network & Internet.
- Select Status.
- Under Advanced network settings, select Change adapter options.
- Right-click adapter and select Disable.
- Right-click adapter again and select Enable.
Configure Your Network Adapter Settings
- Go to Control Panel and navigate to Network and Sharing Center.
- Select Change adapter settings.
- Right-click on Ethernet and select Properties.
- Double-click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
- Select Obtain an IP address automatically, and click OK.
Clear the Network Cache
- Click on Windows and type Command Prompt in the search bar.
- Right-click on the Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator.
- On Elevated Command Prompt, type in the following:
- ipconfig /release
- ipconfig /flushdns
- ipconfig /renew
- Restart the computer to see if the problem has been resolved.
Disable Fast Startup
- Click Start and then navigate to Settings. Choose System, and Power & Sleep.
- Select Additional power settings.
- Select Choose what the power buttons do.
- Click on Change settings that are currently unavailable.
- Deselect Turn on fast startup to disable it.
- Click Save changes. Restart to test the changes.
Summing Up: Tips to fix ‘Ethernet Doesn’t Have a Valid IP Configuration’ Error
Other remedies that have reportedly worked include: attaching your computer directly to the router, turning off and unplugging your computer for a while, and running the Microsoft Windows Troubleshooter. That said, the methods above should take care of the issue for you.
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