5 Methods to Fix “Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” Error in Windows 11/10

There are various causes that can lead to this error that states that “Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” in Windows, particularly Windows 11.

Here, we will share 5 methods to help you solve this issue in Windows.

  1. Restarting Router and Checking Ethernet Cable
  2. Using Windows Network Troubleshooter
  3. Flushing Network Configuration
  4. Updating Network Drivers
  5. Disabling Fast Boot

This guide is also applicable for fixing this IP address error in Windows 10.

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Fix # 1: Restart your Router and Check Ethernet Cable

The first thing that you should do in this case is to restart your router.

Wait at least a few minutes before turning it back on. Restart your PC as well.

Also, check the connection of ethernet cable on the router and on your PC. Try checking a different cable as well.

Fix # 2: Use Windows Network Troubleshooter

Running Windows Network Troubleshooter might help in fixing this issue. Here’s how you can do it:

Step 1: Press “Windows Key + I” together to open Windows Settings.

Step 2: Under “System” category, click on “Troubleshoot“. Now click “Other troubleshooters“.

Step 3: Click on “Run” next to the “Network Adapter“.

Fix # 3: Flush Network Configuration

Flushing old network configuration can help in this case as resets the information related to the network.

Step 1: Open Start menu and type “cmd“. Click on “Run as administrator“.

Step 2: Type these commands one by one and hit Enter.

netsh winsock reset
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew
ipconfig /flushdns

Step 3: Reboot your PC after this for the changes to take effect.

Fix # 4: Update Network Drivers

Updating network drivers can probably lead to fixing this issue.

Step 1: Open Start menu and type “Device Manager”. Expand the “Network adapters” section.

Step 2: Right-click the device and click on “Uninstall device” option. Again click on “Uninstall”.

Step 3: Reboot your PC. After reboot, again open Device Manager, and click on “Action” button at the top, then click on “Scan for hardware changes“.

Step 4: If above step doesn’t install the missing drivers, expand the “Network adapters” section again. Instead of choosing “Uninstall device” option (as you did previously in step # 2, choose the option “Update driver“.

Step 5: Now click on “Search automatically for updated driver software“. If this doesn’t work, head to the the manufacturer’s site and download the latest drivers.

Fix # 5: Disable Fast Boot

Disabling fast boot is also recommended for fixing this issue. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Open Start menu and type “Control Panel“. Go to “Hardware and Sound” section.

Step 2: Under the “Power Options” section, click on “Change what the power buttons do”.

Step 3: Click the setting at the top that says “Change settings that are currently unavailable“.

Step 4: Un-tick the “Turn on fast startup” option. Click the “Save changes” button at the bottom.

Step 5: Reboot your PC after this.

Conclusion

Each computer connected to internet is assigned an IP address, and when your computer do not have a valid IP address, you get error.

Basically the error which states Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration is caused network interface card, your router mis-configuration or outdated drivers.

We hope that with above solutions, you would be able to resolve this issue on your Windows 11/10 computer.