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Ethernet Doesn’t Have A Valid IP Configuration? Fix The Configuration Issue

If the system is unable to access any valid IP address from the network server, then you may get “ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” error message displayed on the device screen. You may also get this error if your Network Interface Card has some issues. It is very essential for a computer to obtain a valid IP address to communicate with a router. If a router has some fault or if an invalid IP address is produced, then such network errors occur. Therefore, in this article, we have come up with some easy and most accurate solutions to fix this error. Go through the entire article and learn the steps.

Methods to Solve “Ethernet doesn’t have a Valid IP Configuration Windows 10” Error

It is very easy to fix ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error using the methods discussed below. Therefore, if you want to fix it in no time, then follow all the methods as directed. The best method to fix an error is to restart the system. As restarting a system, fixes almost all errors. However, if you were not able to fix the error, then follow all the other methods discussed below.

Method 1:-  Resetting the TCP/IP Configuration

Resetting the TCPIP ConfigurationAll the Windows error if related to network connections i.e. IP or DNS can be easily fixed by resetting the Winsock protocol and TCP/IP settings. Therefore, to reset the Winsock protocol and TCP/IP settings follow all the steps as mentioned.

  1. Press the keys Windows + X. A pop-up menu will appear, choose the Command Prompt (Admin) option from the list.
  2. Now, in the command prompt, write a command “netsh winsock reset” to reset the Winsock protocol and press the Enter key from the keyboard.
  3. Following this further, after the resetting of the Winsock protocol run the command “netsh int tcp reset” and “netsh int IP reset” to reset the TCP and IP settings from the system.
  4. You should restart the system, to apply all the recent changes.

The error might have been resolved by now. However, if it persists, move to the next methods.

Method 2:- Clear all the Network Cached files

Clear all the Network Cached filesIf resetting Winsock and TCP/IP settings did not help you fix this error on your Windows system, then you should clear all the network cached files. Therefore, to clean up all the cached files from the system follow the steps as mentioned.

  1. Press the keys Windows + X. A pop-up menu will appear, choose the Command Prompt (Admin) option from the list
  2. Write the commands “ipconfig /release”, “ipconfig /flushdns” and “ipconfig /renew” to clean up all the network cached files from the system.
  3. After the successful cleaning of all the network cached files, restart the system once, to apply all the changes and fix the error.

Try to check the internet connection after performing this method. If your problem is not fixed and it’s still showing the same error, then follow the other method provided below.

Method 3:- Configuration of TCP/IP Settings

Configuration of TCP IP SettingsConfiguring TCP/IP settings can also fix this error. Therefore, to fix this error by configuring TCP/IP settings, follow the steps provided below:-

  1. Go to the taskbar, select the Network Connection icon and double click on it.
  2. Choose the “Open Network and Sharing Center” from the Options menu.
  3. Navigate to the Ethernet adapter that you are using currently.
  4. A new window will appear. Click on the Properties tab at the bottom-left of the window.
  5. Choose Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4) and double click on it.

There are two cases available. Both cases are discussed below:

Case 1:

If the system has configured static IP address with other details, and still displaying the same error, then you have to modify the setting back to “automatic” configuration method. To set it to automatic you need to follow the steps as mentioned below:

  1. Select the “Obtain an IP address automatically” option along with the “Obtain DNS server address automatically” option.
  2. Now, you can click on the OK button to exit the window.

Case 2:

If the system does not have default settings, then you should configure those settings    manually with the static details, containing the IP address of LAN, Subnet Mask, DNS server and Gateway as below:

  • IP address:
  • Subnet mask:
  • Default gateway:
  • DNS server: and

Pursuing this further, after the completion of filling all the details manually, mark the “Validate settings upon exit” checkbox and click on the OK button to exit the window. Then, you can restart the system to apply all the changes and fix the error. Hence, now you can check your internet connection to verify if the error is solved or not.

Method 4:- Check the Cable and Reboot the Router

When the Ethernet cable has some fault or is broken, it may produce such an irritating error. Therefore, we recommend you to check the ethernet cable and router device. If the cable or router is physically damaged, then you should replace it with the new cable or router. However, if you did not find any damage in the cable or in the router device, then you must reboot your router device. As in most of the cases, this router device becomes unstable and needs a reboot to fix minor glitches. Finally, check if the error persists or not.

Method 5:- Re-installation/Updation of Driver

Re installationUpdation of DriverIf all the methods did not work for you, then it is definitely the problem of the driver of the Ethernet network adapter. You have to reinstall or update it now. To reinstall or update the driver, follow the below-mentioned steps.

  1. Press the shortcut Windows + X key from your keyboard and select Device Manager from the Options menu.
  2. Find the adapter of your ethernet network from the list, under the Device Manager and right click on it. Then, choose ‘Update Driver Software’ from the options.
  3. Now, select “Search automatically for updated device drivers”. It will start searching for the updated version of the driver. Download and install the updated version after the search is over.
  4. You can even choose to uninstall the driver after the second step and download it manually from the official website of the device.

Restart the system after the reinstallation and updating the driver of the Ethernet network adapter.


We hope that you have fixed the error ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration and your search to gain reliable solutions are over by now. However, if you still have some issues related to this error, comment in the section below.