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Fix DHCP is not enabled for WiFi in Windows 10

If you are not able to connect to the internet or facing limited internet connectivity problem, then chances are DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) Client might be disabled. To confirm this, run the network diagnostic and the troubleshooter will close with error message DHCP is not enabled for “WiFi” or DHCP is not enabled for “Wireless Network Connection”.

The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is a network protocol which is controlled by a DHCP server which dynamically distributes network configuration parameters, such as IP addresses, to all DHCP-enabled clients. DHCP server helps in reducing the need for a network administrator to configure these settings manually.

Fix DHCP is not enabled for WiFi in Windows 10

Now in Windows 10, DHCP is enabled by default, but if it is disabled by some 3rd party apps or possibly a virus then your Wireless access point will not run a DHCP server, which in turn will not automatically assign an IP address and you won’t be able to access the internet. So without wasting any time let’s see how to Fix DHCP is not enabled for WiFi in Windows 10 with the help of below-listed troubleshooting guide.

Fix DHCP is not enabled for WiFi in Windows 10

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

After each of the methods, make sure to check if the DHCP is enabled or not, in order to do that follow this guide:

1. Open Command Prompt. The user can perform this step by searching for ‘cmd’ and then press Enter.

Open Command Prompt. The user can perform this step by searching for ‘cmd’ and then press Enter.

2. Type the following command into cmd and hit Enter:

ipconfig /all

3. Scroll down to Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi and under DHCP Enabled it should read “yes“.

Scroll down to Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi and under DHCP Enabled it should read Yes

4. If you see “No” under DHCP Enabled, then the method didn’t work, and you need to try other solutions as well.

Method 1: Run Network Troubleshooter

1. Press Windows Key + R then type ncpa.cpl and hit Enter to open Network Connections.

ncpa.cpl to open wifi settings | Fix DHCP is not enabled for WiFi in Windows 10

2. Right-click on your Wifi Connection and select Diagnose.

Right-click on your Wifi Connection and select Diagnose

3. Let the Network Troubleshooter run, and it will give you the following error message: DHCP is not enabled for “Wireless Network Connection”.

DHCP is not enabled for Wireless Network Connection

4. Now click on Next in order to fix the issues. Also, click on “Try This Repairs as an Administrator“.

5. On the next prompt, click Apply this Fix.

6. Reboot your PC to save changes and see if you’re able to Fix DHCP is not enabled for WiFi in Windows 10.

Method 2: Enable DHCP via Network Adapter Settings

1. Press Windows Key + R then type ncpa.cpl and hit Enter.

ncpa.cpl to open wifi settings

2. Right-click on your Wifi Connection and select Properties.

Wifi properties

3. From the Wi-Fi properties window, select Internet Protocol Version 4 and click Properties.

Internet protocol version 4 TCP IPv4 | Fix DHCP is not enabled for WiFi in Windows 10

4. Now make sure to checkmarkObtain an IP address automatically” and “Obtain DNS server address automatically”.

Check mark Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically

5. Click OK, then again click on OK and click Close.

6. Reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 3: Enable DHCP client service

1. Press Windows Key + R then type services.msc and hit Enter.

services windows

2. Find DHCP Client in this list then double-click on it to open its properties.

3. Make sure Startup type is set to Automatic and click Start if the service is not already running.

Set Startup type of DHCP Client to Automatic and click Start

4. Click Apply, followed by OK.

5. Restart your PC to save changes and see if you’re able to Fix DHCP is not enabled for WiFi in Windows 10.

Method 4: Temporarily Disable Antivirus and Firewall

Sometimes the Antivirus program can cause an error and in order to verify this is not the case here, you need to disable your antivirus for a limited time so that you can check if the error still appears when the antivirus is off.

1. Right-click on the Antivirus Program icon from the system tray and select Disable.

Disable auto-protect to disable your Antivirus

2.  Next, select the time frame for which the Antivirus will remain disabled.

select the duration until when the antivirus will be disabled

Note: Choose the smallest amount of time possible for example 15 minutes or 30 minutes.

3. Once done, again try to connect to open Google Chrome and check if the error resolves or not.

4. Search for the control panel from the Start Menu search bar and click on it to open the Control Panel.

Type Control Panel in the search bar and press enter | Fix DHCP is not enabled for WiFi in Windows 10

5. Next, click on System and Security then click on Windows Firewall.

click on Windows Firewall

6. Now from the left window pane click on Turn Windows Firewall on or off.

Click on Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off present on the left side of the Firewall window

7. Select Turn off Windows Firewall and restart your PC.

Click on Turn off Windows Defender Firewall (not recommended)

Again try to open Google Chrome and visit the web page which was earlier showing an error. If the above method doesn’t work make sure to follow the exact same steps to turn on your Firewall again.

Method 5: Uncheck Proxy

1. Press Windows Key + R then type “inetcpl.cpl” and hit enter to open Internet Properties.

inetcpl.cpl to open internet properties

2. Next, Go to Connections tab and select LAN settings.

Lan settings in internet properties window

3. Uncheck Use a Proxy Server for your LAN and make sure “Automatically detect settings” is checked.

Uncheck Use a Proxy Server for your LAN

4. Click Ok then Apply and reboot your PC.

Method 6: Reset Winsock and TCP/IP

1. Open Command Prompt. The user can perform this step by searching for ‘cmd’ and then press Enter.

2. Again, open Admin Command Prompt and type the following and hit enter after each one:

ipconfig /flushdns
nbtstat –r
netsh int ip reset
netsh winsock reset

resetting your TCP/IP and flushing your DNS.

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

Method 7: Reinstall your Network driver

1. Press Windows Key + R then type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter.

devmgmt.msc device manager | Fix DHCP is not enabled for WiFi in Windows 10

2. Expand Network adapters then right-click on your WiFi adapter and select Uninstall.

uninstall network adapter

3. Again click Uninstall in order to confirm.

4. Now right-click on Network Adapters and select Scan for hardware changes.

Right-click on Network Adapters and select Scan for hardware changes

5. Reboot your PC and Windows will automatically install the default drivers.

Method 8: Update Wireless Adapter drivers

1. Press Windows Key + R then type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter.

devmgmt.msc device manager

2. Right-click on the wireless adapter under Network Adapters and select Update Driver.

Network adapters right click and update drivers

3. Select “Browse my computer for driver software.

browse my computer for driver software

4. Again click on “Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.

Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer | Fix DHCP is not enabled for WiFi in Windows 10

5. Select the latest available driver from the list and click Next.

6. Reboot your PC to save changes and see if you’re able to Fix DHCP is not enabled for WiFi in Windows 10.

Method 9: Run CCleaner and Malwarebytes

1. Download and install CCleaner & Malwarebytes.

2. Run Malwarebytes and let it scan your system for harmful files. If malware is found it will automatically remove them.

Click on Scan Now once you run the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

3. Now run CCleaner and select Custom Clean.

4. Under Custom Clean, select the Windows tab then make sure to checkmark defaults and click Analyze.

Select Custom Clean then checkmark default in Windows tab | Fix DHCP is not enabled for WiFi in Windows 10

5. Once Analyze is complete, make sure you’re certain to remove the files to be deleted.

Click on Run Cleaner to deleted files

6. Finally, click on the Run Cleaner button and let CCleaner run its course.

7. To further clean your system, select the Registry tab, and ensure the following are checked:

Select Registry tab then click on Scan for Issues

8. Click on the Scan for Issues button and allow CCleaner to scan, then click on the Fix Selected Issues button.

Once scan for issues is completed click on Fix selected Issues | Fix DHCP is not enabled for WiFi in Windows 10

9. When CCleaner asks “Do you want backup changes to the registry? select Yes.

10. Once your backup has completed, click on the Fix All Selected Issues button.

11. Restart your PC to save changes.

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That’s it you have successfully Fix DHCP is not enabled for WiFi in Windows 10 but if you still have any questions regarding this guide then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

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