In this busy schedule, “Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” is one of the frustrating issues faced by the users. It doesn’t allow to connect computers to the internet. And every single IP-related problem can be blamed for this issue. No matter what the case, you can solve it efficiently after going through this article. If you study this article, then not only are you be able to solve the problem, but you can hike your knowledge regarding the error. So, let’s begin.
Factors Responsible for Ethernet Doesn’t Have A Valid IP Configuration Error
Before learning the methods of solving the error, it is always better to gather the causes of the issue. If you know the causes, then these will help you to protect your system later on, after you get it solved by following the methods given below. The major reasons for this error are the file missing or corrupt issue or some network settings glitches. If a virus gets into your device, then this can harm your network files and thus, results in Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error. Now, in the case of the settings, there are many factors which can be responsible for this error. To know more, you need to study this article further, that is the solution part of the error.
Procedures to Fix Ethernet Doesn’t Have A Valid IP Configuration Windows 10
From this section, you are going to learn the effective methods, with which you will be able to solve Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error. So, it is better not to waste time and proceed to read the methods below.
Before proceeding with these methods, it is better to scan your system with a potent antivirus. This is to ensure the presence of virus that can corrupt the system files and result in the Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error. If you are a Windows 10 user, then the Windows Defender scanning can sufficiently solve the matter. And the steps to follow to run a full scan using the Windows Defender tool are as below.
At first, take the mouse pointer onto the Windows logo, which is at the extreme below the left-hand corner. And right-click on it. Then, from the appeared menu list, select the Settings option. After that, from the available options under the Settings window, select “Update & Security”. Then, from the left-hand side panel, click on the “Windows Defender” option. Further, select “Windows Defender”> “Open Windows Defender Security Center” button. After that, from the left-hand side of the Windows Defender window, click on the shield symbol, that is “Virus and Threat Protection”. Next, select the Advanced Scan link. This will open a window, from which activate the checkbox for Full. And then click on the “Quick Scan” button. Now, once the scanning is over, check if it solves the problem, which is a very rare case. After scanning if the error still persists then go for the below methods until you fix the issue.
Method 1: Restart PC and Router or Modem
If you get the error for the first time and think, about how to solve it. Then, let’s try with the basics, that is by restarting both the computer and router/modem. Follow these steps below to utilize this method fully, which may fix the glitch. So, let’s begin:
- At first, shut down the computer as well as the network device.
- After that, switch off the power source for both of the devices (computer and router/modem).
- Next, take out both the removable cables from the rare of the computer as well as the router.
- Then, after waiting a few minutes, reconnect the cables gently into their appropriate ports of the computer and the router/modem.
- Also, connect both the devices to the power outlet and turn it active.
- Further, turn on your computer, and try to connect it to the internet.
By following all these steps above, many of the users get their desired result. But, if you are not, then don’t be upset and try the further methods as expressed below.
Method 2: Ensure that the IP address and the DNS server Settings are Active
As you already know from the above section that the “Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” error happens if the NIC is not able to access a valid IP. If this is the case, then follow up on these below instructions which will help you to learn the steps to fix this problem.
If you don’t have an idea regarding the PC components, then let me share knowledge with you. A PC component named as DHCP helps NIC to obtain an IP address automatically. Here, in this article, you will also learn the steps for the process of how to turn the DHCP component active, if it is not already.
Open Network Connections>> Ethernet Properties>> Enable Checkboxes
At first, you need to open the Run bar window. And to do this, press down both the Windows and the letter R key at a time.
Then, on the Run bar type “ncpa.cpl”, without quotations.
Next, click on the OK button. This will open up the Network Connections section window.
From here, navigate the pointer on to the Ethernet connecting device and right-click on it.
After that, from the menu list, select the Properties option.
Further, from the Ethernet Properties window, go to the Network tab. Under the Network tab navigate to the “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” option and click twice on it.
Then from the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties window, ensure that both the following checkboxes are active:
- Obtain an IP address automatically
- Obtain DNS server address automatically
Once you ensure these above settings, click on the OK button. And next restart the PC and check if the matter solved.
In case, if still, the error persists, then again follow up these above steps until you get the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties window open.
This time you need to activate the checkbox for “Use the following DNS server address:”. And in the DNS address boxes enter these below-said entries:
Lastly, click on the OK button, to confirm. And then restart your computer and check if it resolves the issue. Hopefully, your answer will be Yes. Or else, continue this further method.
Method 3: Enable Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol to Solve Ethernet Doesn’t Have A Valid IP Error
DHCP or Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol is the essential component as explained above, helps to assign an IP address to a computer, if not enabled can result in the Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error. The steps for enabling the DHCP are as follows.:
- Use both the Windows and the letter R key to get the Run bar open.
- Then on the Run bar enter services.msc and click on the OK button.
- Next, under the Name section of the Services window, search for the DHCP Client option. And click twice on it.
- Further, under the General tab of the DHCP Client Properties window, navigate to the Startup type menu window and set it to Automatic.
- Next, click on OK.
- Again, navigate back to the DHCP Client option from the Services window and right-click on it. After that, hit on the Restart option. This will open up a confirmation window, select Yes to it.
- Lastly, restart your computer, to apply these changes. Now hopefully you will get the issue solved.
Method 4: Reset Winsock and TCP/IP
This is one of the valid methods to fix the network-related problems, which can also work in this case. And the steps which you need to follow for this method are as below:
- At first, press both the Windows and the letter X button at a time. This will open up a menu list. From the list, select the “Command Prompt (Admin) option.
- Further on this black background Administrator: Command Prompt window, enter this below command. Next, press the Enter button to execute the reset of the Winsock protocol.
- netsh winsock reset
- After that, on the same window, execute both these below-said commands to reset TCP and IP. To execute the commands, you need to press the Enter button after each.
- netsh int tcp reset
- netsh int ip reset
- As both these above commands get executed, restart your computer and try it to connect with the network to check the existence of the error. Hopefully, this time you will get the problem fixed.
Method 5: Update or Reinstall Network Adapter
If there is anything wrong with the Ethernet card driver software, this will possibly the cause of the Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error. In this scenario you have two ways to fix the glitch, depending upon the nature of the issue. One is you can get the solution only by updating the Ethernet card driver. But if the driver you are using is the updated one and you still get the error. Then, you may need to take the help of another device to download the latest driver. So that you can reinstall it on your device.
Steps to Update Network Adapter
At first, let’s go through the steps below to learn how to update the network adapter.
First of all, you need to press down both the Windows and the letter X key at a time, to generate a menu window.
Then, from the menu window, select the “Device Manager” option.
Now, from the Device Manager window scroll down to the Network adapters option, and click twice on it, to get it’s sub-options.
Now, from the Network adapters sub-options, right-click on the Ethernet card driver. Next, from the appeared menu select the “Update Driver Software…” option. This will get you a window open with two different options as the answer to the question “How do you want to search for driver software?”. The two answer options are as below. Each of the answers has its usual meaning:
- Search automatically for updated driver software
- Browse my computer for driver software
As we do not have a downloaded driver on the computer. So, we proceed by clicking on the topmost option, which is “Search automatically for updated driver software”. After doing this, you will see that the default browser gets open and searching for the latest network driver if everything is ok. Once, it found, it may ask you to download, or even sometimes it downloads automatically. After that, follow the on-screen instructions to complete this process. As the network driver gets installed successfully, restart your computer, to get the full effect of this process. Further, proceed to connect with the network, this time you may not get the error message popping window.
Steps to Reinstall the Network Adapter
In case, if you face any problem in any steps during the updating task. Then, you might need to reinstall the adapter to your device. And for this purpose, you have to download the adapter into another device and once it’s done, transfer it into a device, by which you can retransfer to the system, in which you are getting the glitch. And the steps to proceed further after you transfer the updated driver to your device are as follows.
Load the “How do you want to search for driver software?” query window, by following the steps as given above. After that, this time you need to select the second option for the further steps, that is “Browse my computer for driver software”. Then, this will get you a window open, with the help of which you need to navigate to the location, where you store the driver in your device. After that, follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver. Next, restart your computer. And hopefully, this time you will get the error fixed.
Method 6: Disable Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6)
This is another way to fix the Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error. If the upper methods do not work then proceed with these steps below, which may get you the error fixed. So, let’s begin.
At first, press both the Windows and the letter R key at a time, to get the Run bar window open. Next, on the Run bar type “ncpa.cpl”, this will open up the Network Connections window. After that, from here select the ethernet connection with which you are facing the issue. And then right-click on it, and select the Properties option from the menu, which you get open on your screen. Then, from this Ethernet Properties window under the General tab, search for the Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) option. And then disable the checkbox for it. Further, click on the OK button, to confirm the disabling of the Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) settings. Next, try to connect with the internet to check if the Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error fixed.
Method 7: Disable Microsoft Kernel Debug Network Adapter
After going through these above methods if the error doesn’t leave gets appear while trying to access the internet. Then, in that case, you can try to check by disabling the Microsoft Kernel Debug Network Adapter from the Network adapters section of the Device Manager window. And the steps, you need to carry on to do this method are as follows.
At first, press both the Windows and the letter X key at a time. This will open up a menu window. From this menu window, select the “Device Manager” option. Then, under the Device Manager window, go to the Network adapters option, and click twice on it to expand it. Next, from these available expanded options of the Network adapters, get the “Microsoft Kernel Debug Network Adapter” option, and right-click on it. After that, from the menu window, click on “Disable device”. As all these steps get over, restart your computer.
Now try to connect the PC to the internet, and hopefully, you will not face any further issues.
Method 8: Manually Enter the MAC address to Fix Ethernet Doesn’t Have A Valid IP Configuration
To proceed with this method for the solution purpose of the internet IP configuration error, follow the steps as stated below:
- Firstly, press both these below-said keys at a time, to generate the menu window.
- Windows logo
- Letter X
- Then, from this appeared menu, select the “Command Prompt (Admin)” option.
- After that, on this black background Administrator: Command Prompt window type the command as below.
- ipconfic /all
Note: You must leave a space between ipconfic and /all, as given here.
- Next, press the Enter button, to execute. This will open up a list of information.
- Now, from this information list, search for the Physical Address section and note down this PC’s physical address.
- Further, open the Ethernet Properties window. (Win+R> ncpa.cpl> Enter> Right-click on the Ethernet connection> Properties)
- After that, click on the Configure button, from this Ethernet Properties window.
- Next, under this Configure window, go to the Advanced tab.
- Then, from the Property list, navigate to the Network Address section. Here, you will get a Value box.
- In this Value box, you need to enter the PC’s physical address, which you have noted down earlier.
- Once you have entered the value, click on the OK button.
These are the overall steps of this method, by which you can get the error resolved. So, it is better not to be sure that the problem will not be solved by you until you try every method.
All these above are the methods by the application of which many of the users have already solved the “Ethernet” doesn’t have a valid IP camera error. Hopefully, you will also get the same result. So, it is better not to get worried regarding the error until you complete the above methods. If you have any queries regarding the above methods, then you can genuinely leave your comments in the section provided below.