The latest version of the Windows operating system that you can get today is Windows 10. This was first released in 2015 and was made as a free upgrade to people who were running Windows 7 or Windows 8 on their computers. Although this is a solid performing operating system there are instances when certain issues can occur which we will be addressing today. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will tackle the Windows 10 stuck in 169 IP address error.
Before performing any of the recommended troubleshooting steps listed below it’s best to restart your computer and router first. This action refreshes the operating system and remove any corrupt temporary data that could be causing the problem.
Reinstall the LAN network adapter driver
Having a corrupted network adapter driver can usually cause this particular problem which is why you should start by reinstalling the driver.
Right click Start
Select Device Manager
Find Network Adapters
Click to expand and then right click on the LAN Ethernet adapter and select Properties
Click Driver tab
Restart the computer
Check if the computer is still stuck in the 169 IP address error.
Renew the IP address
Try forcing your computer to get a new IP address.
Type cmd in the search bar then right click on the Command Prompt app and choose run as administrator.
Type the following in the command prompt window.
Type netsh winsock reset and select Enter.
Type netsh int ip reset and select Enter.
Type ipconfig /release and select Enter.
Type ipconfig /renew and select Enter.
Type ipconfig /flushdns and select Enter.
Close the command prompt window.
Check if the Windows 10 stuck in 169 IP problem still occurs.
Restart the DNS client
Right click Start
Type services.msc and press enter
Go to Services tab
Select DNS client
Right click and select Restart
Check if the problem still occurs.
Run the network troubleshooting tool
One of the best tools to use to fix this problem is the built-in network troubleshooting tool of Windows 10.
Select the Start button > Settings > Network & Internet > Status.
Under Change your network settings, select Network troubleshooter.
Follow the steps in the troubleshooter, and see if that fixes the problem.
Check if the 169 IP problem still occurs.
Temporarily disable the Firewall
Sometimes the firewall software might prevent you from getting connected. Try to turn off the firewall to check if this is what’s causing the problem.
In the search box on the taskbar, type Command prompt. The Command Prompt button will appear. To the right of it, select Run as administrator > Yes.
At the command prompt, type netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state off, and then select Enter.
Check if the computer is still stuck with the same IP address.
Use network reset to reinstall network devices
In case the above steps fails to fix the problem then you should do a network reset.
On the Network reset screen, select Reset now > Yes to confirm.
Wait for your PC to restart.
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