How to fix Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP Configuration in Windows 10

How to fix Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP Configuration in Windows 10

/ Shayne Sherman

The IP address allows computers to communicate with each other using the internet. It serves as Identification for your device, and it is unique.

If you are here, I think you have encountered an error message saying, “Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP Configuration.” This means your system is not receiving proper IP configuration from DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol).

This error is usually due to improper installation of network drivers, outdated drivers, improper network configuration, or your ISP encountering issues.

To help you resolve this issue, here are some ways you can fix Ethernet that doesn’t have a valid IP Configuration.

Method 1: Restart Your Computer/Modem

The simplest thing you can do to fix the issue is to restart your computer. Before continuing, your computer saves all files you are working on and shuts down Windows.

To restart your modems, follow these steps:

Step 1: Press the power switch on your modem

Step 2: Unplug the router

Step 3: Wait for at least 5 minutes before plugging in your modem

Step 4: Plugin your device and turn it on

See if this solution fixed Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP Configuration error. If the issue is still there, proceed with the following method.

Method 2: Use Third Party System Repair Tool (Fortect)

Fortect is a program that analyzes your computer and automatically repairs issues on your PC that may cause the Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP Configuration error.

Follow the steps below to download and use Fortect on your computer.

NOTE: These steps will require you to temporarily deactivate your anti-virus to prevent it from interfering with Fortect.

Step 1: Download and Install Fortect for free

Step 2: Accept the license terms agreement by checking the “I Accept the EULA and Privacy Policy” to continue.

Step 3: After installing Fortect, it will scan your computer for the first time.

fortect repair

Step 4: You can view the details of the scan by expanding the “Details” tab.

Step 5: To fix the issues found, expand the “Recommendation” tab and choose between “Clean” and “Ignore

Step 6: Click on “Clean Now” at the bottom part of the program to begin fixing the issue.

Most of the time, Fortect will fix the problem on Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP Configuration error. But if the issue is still present, proceed to the following method.

Method 3: Update Network Drivers and Windows

Step 1:  Press the “Windows key” on your keyboard and click on the “Settings” icon.

Step 2:  Select “Windows Update” on the side menu

Windows Update

Step 3: Wait for the system to check for updates and then download it.

Method 4: Reset TCP/IP Using Command Prompt

If trying the methods above doesn’t work, doing a TCP/IP reset using the netshell command would fix the issue of the Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP Configuration.

To do these, kindly see the steps below:

Step 1: Press the Windows key + X and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu

Command Prompt (Admin)

Step 2: Enter these lines on the Command prompt netsh int ip reset and enter.

netsh int ip reset

Step 3: After the process is done, Close Command Prompt and Reboot your Computer.

After executing the steps above, check if the issue is resolved.

Method 5: Configure Your IP Address Manually

If resetting your TCP/IP doesn’t fix the error. Try configuring the TCP/IP settings manually.

Follow the steps below to do it:

Step 1: Press the Windows key + R

Step 2: Type ncpa.cpl and click OK


Step 3: A menu of your available Network Connections will appear, and select the network you are currently connected

Step 4: Right Click on your current connection and select properties

Wi-Fi Properties

Step 5: Find Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click properties

Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties

Step 6: A pop-up window will appear, click on Use the following IP Address and enter the following

IP Address: (the last two digits could be any number from 10-244)


Default Gateway:

For the DNS server, you can use Google’s DNS server, which is

Prefferend DNS server:

Alternate DNS server:

**See detailed picture below**

DNS Server Address

Step 7: Click ok to apply the settings and reboot your computer. After rebooting your computer, check if the issue is resolved.

Faulty Hardware

After doing the steps above, try to bring your computer or laptop to a service center. The issue could be due to a broken network adapter; in this case, the only solution is to replace the network adapter.

Your ISP is Having Issues

Most of the time, the above methods will fix the issue on Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP Configuration. If you have tried all the methods above and the case is not yet resolved, your Internet Service provider could have a problem. Please report the issue to their customer support to assist you in resolving the issue.

Suppose you have gone through this complete guide and still have problems. In that case, we suggest checking out one of the following guides: how to fix Microsoft compatibility telemetry, repair network protocol errors, your connection is not private chrome error message, and system and compressed memory issues.

Shayne Sherman
Meet the author

Shayne is an expert on all things Microsoft Windows and computer security. As a Windows user of over 30 years, he has been featured on Business Insider, Yahoo, Tech Republic, Hacker Noon, Techopedia, and many other publications. Aside from entertaining at his home theater, he enjoys spending time with his family, including his English bulldog, Fergie.