[Fix] “Local Area Connection, Ethernet or Wi-Fi doesn’t have a Valid IP Configuration” Error Message in Windows

This is a very popular and known issue in Windows operating system. Many times Windows users face this problem when they try to connect to a Wi-Fi network or a local area network connection (Ethernet). They receive following error message while troubleshooting the issue:

Local area connection doesn't have a valid IP configuration.
Ethernet doesn't have a valid IP configuration.
Wi-Fi doesn't have a valid IP configuration.
Wireless network connection doesn't have a valid IP configuration.


You may also get "Limited Connectivity", "No Internet Access" or similar error messages while trying to connect to Wi-Fi network or LAN connection. Sometimes you may see yellow triangle with exclamation mark or other symbols on Network icon in Taskbar notification area.

Most of the times such kind of problems and error messages occur due to corrupted TCP/IP settings and resetting TCP/IP settings fixes this issue.

If you are also facing this annoying issue, you can try following steps to fix the issue:

1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator and run following commands one by one:

netsh winsock reset
netsh int ip reset
netcfg -d
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew
ipconfig /flushdns
ipconfig /registerdns

2. Restart your computer and after reboot, the problem should be resolved. Now you should be able to get full Internet connectivity without any problem.

PS: Windows 10 users can also take help of built-in "Network Reset" feature to fix network connection issues:

[Windows 10 Tip] Use "Network Reset" Feature to Fix Common Internet Connection Issues


You can also try to apply custom DNS settings using the steps given in following tutorial:

How to Change or Use Custom DNS Server Settings in Windows?


Sometimes your antivirus software or Internet security suite might also cause such kind of problems. You can try to temporary disable their protection and check whether it fixes the issue. If your security program is causing this issue, you can try a different security program as given in following article:

Download Best and Top 5 Free Antivirus and Anti-Spyware Software for Windows

Also check out following similar troubleshooting articles to fix Internet connection issues:

[Fix] "One or More Network Protocols are Missing on This Computer" Error in Windows

[Fix] Network Connections Folder is Empty in Windows, Not Showing Network Adapters List


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  • In Windows 10 1607 and above, one just can use Network reset in Isttings>Network and Internet. It works very well for me.
    Hope you all have a nice day:)

  • Hello,

    I have been getting different error messages for the past few months now after I have lost Internet connection, and I have did several suggestions I found on Google, but everything that I do is only a temporary fix. I lose Internet connection every single day, and for several times a day.

    Below are the messages I see at different times.

    "Ethernet doesn't have a Valid IP Configuration"

    "Windows can't communicate with the device or resource (primary dns server)"

    "The default gateway is not available"

    My cable modem is new and I own it. I am also connected directly to my cable modem with an Ethernet cable. I am NOT using a wireless router or anything in between. Just my my one computer connected directly to the cable modem. Any ideas what may be causing these issues?

    Thank you all very much!

  • VG

    ^^ If you are using Windows 10, try built-in "Network Reset" feature:


  • Thanks, VG. I have also tried the "Network Reset" feature, but I still lose connection at times. Nothing I have done has been a permanent fix. I am thinking the issue is with my ISP. Maybe there is something going on on their end.

  • VG

    ^^ Yes. It might also be an issue with your ISP.

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