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 problems. 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 a client or server-based protocol that 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But sometimes, due to several reasons such as an Outdated/incompatible Network adapter driver.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 the 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. 

Obtain IP address Automatically

Then click OK. Click OK on the WiFi/Ethernet properties window. Reboot your Windows, and try to access 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 an 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 it’s running simply right click and restart the service.

Enable DHCP client service

If it’s 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 the connections tab then click on the 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.

proxy settings

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

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 the above solutions still having internet connection issues 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 type devmgmt.msc and click ok to open Device Manager.
  • Here expand the network adapters
  • 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

Also, you can visit the 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.

Did these solutions resolve the issue for you, Still, have any query, a suggestion about this post feel free to discuss in comments below.

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