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Fix DHCP is not enabled for local area connection in Windows 10, 8.1 and 7

Sometimes you may notice WiFi, Ethernet/Local Area connection is connected properly. But you are not able to connect to the internet, No internet Access or facing limited internet connectivity problem. And Running The network troubleshooter Results DHCP is not enabled for wifi. And for Ethernet connection, The error would be like DHCP is not enabled for local area connection, ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration or DHCP is not enabled for ethernet.

What is DHCP? 

The DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration) is a standardized network protocol used on Internet Protocol (IP) networks. This is client or server based protocol allows assigning automated IP host and its address for network connectivity. On all Windows 10 computers, DHCP is enabled by default. Using DHCP will help to provide network stability and reduce static IP address conflicts.




But sometimes, due to several Reasons such as Outdated/incompatible Network adapter driver. Wrong proxy configuration, software conflict Internet security software DHCP does not work as expected and you get the following message:

DHCP is not enabled for Ethernet/Wi-Fi/Local Area Connection

Fix DHCP is not enabled for ethernet

Here some applicable solutions to fix DHCP is not enabled for Wireless Network Connection, DHCP is not enabled for Local Connection, DHCP is not enabled for Ethernet.

Start with basic Restart your Router, Modem, Switch Also client computer. ( Restart device will get a Fresh Start which fixes many small issues. )

All the screenshots below are shown in Windows 10, but the fixes apply to Windows 7 & 8 as well. to fix Both DHCP is not enabled for wifi/Ethernet/Local Area connection problem.

Change network adapter settings

The first thing you must check your network adapter settings, to confirm its configured correctly to Assign IP Address From DHCP server. To do this Press Windows key + R, type ncpa.cpl and hit Enter key. This will Open Network and Sharing Center, Here right click on Active Network Adapter select properties. Then Double click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4). Here make sure to Select Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically. 

Ethernet obtain IP address automatically
Ethernet obtain IP address automatically

Then click OK. Click OK on the WiFi/Ethernet properties window.Reboot your Windows, and try to access to the Internet again to see if it works.

Enable DHCP client service

The DHCP client service helps register the IP address and update DNS records for your computer. If due to any reason DHCP client service not started / Stopped this may cause fails to obtain IP address to the client computer which may result DHCP is not enabled for local area connection/DHCP is not enabled for ethernet or DHCP is not enabled for wifi.




To check and make sure DHCP client service is running Press Windows key + R, type services.msc and hit the enter key. Here on windows services look for DHCP client service, Double click on it. If its running simply right click and restart the service.

Enable DHCP client service
Enable DHCP client service

If its not running change the startup type automatic And start the service. Click Apply followed by OK. Restart your PC to save changes and see if you’re able to Fix DHCP is not enabled for WiFi /Ethernet in Windows 10.

Reset your proxy settings

Press Win + R then type inetcpl.cpl and hit enter key, This will open internet properties. Next move to connections tab then click on LAN settings button. In the New popup window, uncheck the ‘Use a proxy server for your LAN’ checkbox. And make sure Automatically detect settings is selected.

Disable proxy server on Internet Explorer
Disable proxy server on Internet Explorer

Reset Winsock and TCP/IP

Open Command prompt As an administrator, Then performs Command Below to release and renew IP Address on your PC.

Ipconfig /release

Ipconfig /flushdns

Ipconfig /renew

netsh int ip reset

netsh winsock reset




Reset Winsock and TCP IP
Reset Winsock and TCP IP

Reboot to apply changes. Netsh Winsock Reset command seems to Fix DHCP is not enabled for WiFi in Windows 10.

Reinstall your Network driver

If after performing above solutions still having internet connection issue and getting DHCP is not enabled for local area connection/ WiFi. Then you must Reinstall your Network Adapter, Which clears any bad, corrupt or incompatible drivers. This will also reset the DNS and IP address of your computer.

Press Win + R then type devmgmt.msc and hit the enter key to open Device manager. Here expand the network adapters then right click on your active network adapter driver and select uninstall. Now Confirm that you want to uninstall the drivers, Then after restart windows. Next time when windows start it will find and install the network adapter driver for you.  Or you can manually update the driver by Right click on Device manager -> computer name – right click and select scan for hardware changes.

scan for hardware changes
scan for hardware changes

Also, you can visit device manufacturer website, download the latest available driver for your network adapter, then install on the problematic computer and restart winnows check DHCP problem solved and network and internet connection working.

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These are some most applicable solutions to fix DHCP is not enabled for local area connection, DHCP is not enabled for ethernet DHCP is not enabled for wifi, ethernet doesn’t have a valid ip configuration etc on windows 10, 8.1 and 7 computers. I am sure apply above solutions resolve the issue for you, Still, have any query, a suggestion about this post feel free to discuss in comments below. also Read Tips and Tricks to Speed up Windows 10 Fall Creators update 2018

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