The error message “Ethernet does not have a valid IP configuration” is a common problem related to your Internet connection. It means that your computer does not have a valid IP address and thus cannot access the internet.
As irritating as this error is, it just needs a quick fix. So here’s how to fix this error and how to prevent it from happening again.
The error “Ethernet does not have a valid IP configuration”
Your computer needs a valid IP address before it can communicate with your router and the Internet. If it doesn’t have one, you won’t be able to access your emails, social media, online streaming services, or otherwise.
This error usually occurs when your network interface card (NIC) is having a problem, malfunctioning, is outdated, or just won’t play ball. Fortunately, there are several simple solutions available:
- Reboot your system
- Reset your network adapter
- Restart your router
- Run the Network Adapter Troubleshooter
- Reset the Winsock
- Install or update your network adapter driver
1. Reboot your system
The first and easiest way to fix an invalid Ethernet configuration is to reboot your system. A system reboot has the benefit of resetting all your incoming and outgoing connections. While “turning it off and back on” may seem like an outdated option, the number of problems it can solve is phenomenal.
2. Reset your network adapter
Resetting your network adapter is another way to refresh your IP address configuration.
Press Windows key + I to open the Settings window. Type network status in the search bar and select the first option. Now, under Advanced Network Settingsselect Change adapter options†
Right click on your Ethernet connection (this solution also works for broken Wi-Fi connections) and select Turn of† Hold on, right click and select Switch† After enabling the Ethernet connection, you should receive a new IP address, which will clear the invalid IP configuration.
Resetting the network adapter is also a useful way to fix unidentified network and other Internet problems in Windows 10.
3. Restart your router
Resetting your router can fix several internet connection issues, in the same way as restarting your computer. In terms of “Ethernet has no valid IP configuration error”, restarting gives your router a chance to configure a new IP address for your computer.
Your router may have an on/off switch, which you can usually find on the back of the device. You can turn off the power button, leave it for a few seconds, and then turn it back on. If your router doesn’t have a power button, you can unplug it (or unplug it if your outlet doesn’t have a switch).
Remember to leave a few seconds between turning the router off and turning it back on. Those seconds will give the router’s IP configuration a chance to reset, fixing the invalid IP configuration error.
4. Run the Network Adapter Troubleshooter
Windows 10 has integrated troubleshooting tools for common problems, and the network adapter is one of them.
Press Windows key + Stype network adapterand select Find and troubleshoot your network adapter† Select now Advancedthen check Apply repairs automaticallyfollowed by Run as administrator† You may now need to enter your Windows password.
Select Next one, then select your Ethernet network adapter from the list. Go through the available questions related to the invalid IP configuration and complete the troubleshooting tool. You may see different questions depending on the type of issues the Network Adapter Troubleshooter reveals.
5. Reset the Winsock
The Winsock (Windows Socket) is a core component of Windows that handles incoming and outgoing data requests for programs that use the Internet. Essentially, the Winsock helps manage your internet connection and the software that wants to use it.
There are a few commands you can use in addition to the Winsock reset that will also help reconfigure your Ethernet IP address.
Type command prompt in the search bar of your Start menu, select the Best matchthen Run as administrator† Now enter the following commands one by one and press Enter after each entry:
- ipconfig /flushdns
- ipconfig /renew
- nbtstat –R
- nbtstat –RR
- netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt
- netsh winsock reset
After you enter the last command and see a successful completion message, you need to restart your computer.
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6. Install or update the network connection driver
Windows 10 keeps your drivers up to date. But you may encounter driver error anyway. You can manually update the drivers associated with your Ethernet and Wi-Fi connection to ensure that this is not the cause of your internet connection problems.
Press Windows key + Xand then select Device Manager from the menu. Select Network adapters to open the list of network drivers for your device. Locate your Ethernet connection driver. The name of the network adapter driver usually indicates which driver you are looking for. For example, the network adapter for my laptop is a Qualcomm Atheros Gigabit Ethernet Controller, which is easy to figure out.
Once you have found your Ethernet network adapter driver, right click and select Update driver† Select Automatically search for drivers, and Windows will automatically search your system for the best driver. If a more up-to-date driver is found, Windows will install it automatically.
Drivers can cause other problems on your system. If your USB 3.0 ports are not working, here’s how to fix them.
Fixing the Ethernet has no valid IP configuration error
Here are the top five options for resolving the invalid IP configuration error. The appearance of this error is infuriating, especially if you are trying to complete some work or download an important file. However, one of the above solutions should reset your Ethernet IP configuration and get your internet up and running again.
Unfortunately, the invalid IP configuration error is not the only Windows network problem you may face. Here’s how to fix “Unable to renew IP address” error in Windows.