Have you encountered an error on your computer that says “Ethernet Doesn’t Have A Valid IP Configuration?” This error is one of the most common errors when your computer is connected to the router or modem via an ethernet cable. So, what does this error mean and how can we fix this?
There are many reasons why “Ethernet Doesn’t Have A Valid IP Configuration” occurs. It can be on your router and modem, on your internet connection, or it can also be on your device.
So, let me discuss it one by one so you will know how to deal with this kind of issue if in case it happened on your device.
What Does “Ethernet Doesn’t Have A Valid IP Configuration” Mean
The Ethernet Doesn’t Have A Valid IP Configuration error occurs on your computer while you are trying to access a website. It happens when the NIC (Network Interface Card) is unable to obtain a valid IP address from the DHCP server. A valid IP address is needed to make a connection between a local network (computer) and the router or modem to work on the internet.
That error message is usually a software related issue and can be fixed in many ways. But, what are the causes for it to occurs?
Why Does “Ethernet Doesn’t Have A Valid IP Configuration” Occur
There are many reasons why Ethernet Doesn’t Have A Valid IP Configuration error happens. However, we can categorize them into three: faulty hardware, faulty modem or router, and software and outdated drivers
- Faulty Hardware. This fault is usually on the port where you connect your ethernet cable. When this port is damaged, you will not be able to access the internet, unless you are connected via a wireless connection (WiFi).
- Faulty modem or router. If your router isn’t properly configured, you might get an Ethernet Doesn’t Have A Valid IP Configuration error. To fix it, you have to make changes on the router’s configuration settings. You may also reset your router to make it back to default.
- Software and Outdated Drivers. This fault covers the device network settings which can be fixed by few clicks on your mouse and keyboard. Sometimes, reinstalling the drivers is needed especially when you constantly updating your operating system.
Knowing these causes, we can say that the error is not that hard to fix. So, here are some of the methods we compiled to help you solve this particular internet issue.
“Ethernet Doesn’t Have A Valid IP Configuration” Error Fixed
The following methods will surely fix the “Ethernet Doesn’t Have A Valid IP Configuration” error. It includes the simplest to the advanced method that you can do on your own. I suggest you try the first before the following methods because your problem might just need a simple solution.
Method 1. Restart your System/Device
Restarting device is the very first solution you can do. Because sometimes, especially when the Fast startup is enabled, some settings cannot load properly from systems memory. To fix the issue, you need to disable the Fast Startup feature before restarting your PC.
To do that, follow the steps below.
Step 1. On your computer, right-click the battery icon and select Power Options.
Step 2. Then, click on “Choose what the power buttons do.”
Step 3. Click on “Change Settings that are Currently Not Available.”
Step 4. Next, uncheck the “Turn on fast startup” and click Save Changes.
Step 5. Exit System Settings and restart your computer.
If the first method does not work, proceed to the next one.
Method 2: Check the Cables and Reboot Router/Modem
Step 1. The first thing you need to do is to check the ethernet cable if it is properly connected to your device and router/modem. If not, unplug the cables from both of the devices and plug in again. You also need to look for a possible damage on the cable or on the port of your computer and router.
Step 2. If the error still appears, reboot your router or modem.
Step 3. To reboot, turn off your router/modem and wait for approximately 5 minutes.
Step 4. After 5 minutes, turn back on your router/modem. You need to wait for another couple of minutes until the router is back to its steady mode.
Step 5. Connect your computer to the router and check if the problem has been fixed.
The error should be fixed by now. If the two methods are still not working, then, it’s time to do some tweaks on your network settings.
Method 3: Change Network Adapter Settings
Step 1. On your computer, right-click the internet icon that is located on the lower right corner of your screen. Click Open Network and Sharing Center
Step 2. Once the window opened, click on “Change Adapter Options.” It will open then connections you have on your device. Right-click on Ethernet and select Properties.
Step 3. Once the Ethernet Properties window appeared, select Internet Protocol Version 4 and click on Properties again.
Step 4. Select Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically. Finally, click the OK button.
After following the steps, restart your browser and check if the error has gone. Do the next solution if needed.
Method 4: Update the Driver of Network Adapter
When you constantly update your system, this may cause for the other drivers to not function well on your computer. To update the driver for the network adapter:
Step 1. On your keyboard, hold Windows + X and select Device Manager.
Step 2. Scroll down and select Ethernet network adapters. Afterwards, right-click on it and click Update Driver Software.
Step 3. Next, choose how do you want to search for an updated driver software.
Step 4. If you found any updated software, proceed to update the driver for your Ethernet network adapter. Then, go to your browser again and try to access any website to see if there’s no error at all.
What if you have done all the four methods, but still nothing works? Do the last solution we provided here.
Method 5: Uninstall and Reinstall Network Adapter
Step 1. Go to your computer’s Device Manager.
Step 2. Next, click on Network Adapters.
Step 3. Then, right-click on the Ethernet you are using and click Uninstall. Do not hesitate to click the uninstall button because you can still get the driver for the network adapter you are using.
Step 4. Lastly, click the OK button.
To reinstall, go to the manufacturer’s website to download the network adapter driver. After downloading, install it on your computer.
Those are the five methods you can do to fix “Ethernet Doesn’t Have A Valid IP Configuration” error. Applying them on your computer will help you easily deal with this kind of internet issue. You can try them one by one, from method 1 up to the method 5 for you to know where is really the problem.
If in case you encountered this kind of error, you can share with us what solution you did to fix it. Or, if you have questions and concerns regarding the methods above, you may leave them in the comment box below.