A Random WiFi Issue I Fixed Yesterday

A Windows 10 laptop in my office had a fascinating connection issue. It connected to our network just fine,  but showed an error: “WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration”.  Now, the other machines in my office were connecting fine. So, I knew it was this specific PC.

With that, I then noticed it had the same issue with the other local WiFi networks. Forgetting the network and reentering the password didn’t do diddly. Finally,  I looked up this article at Microsoft, and started working through it. About two minutes in,  I noticed a Web page load. Internet connectivity had been restored. Oddly,I can’t tell you what I did that accomplished it. I guess some random background process finished up and released a file. Basic guess, though.

Have you seen anything like this before?