Fix DHCP is not enabled for Local Area Connection

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 17, 2015

If you cannot connect to the Internet or another device on a network when you start Windows or change the system's network state, then it may have DHCP issues.

Without going into too many details, DHCP enables devices such as routers or servers to assign IP addresses to computer systems connecting to the network.

If that fails, for whatever reason, connection errors may occur.

There are a couple of things that you can do to resolve the issue. First, you may want to check the network adapter settings manually to make sure it is set up properly to accept automatic configurations. If that is not the case, then this may be the reason why Internet and network may not work flawlessly.

Verify the network adapter's settings

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  1. Use the shortcut Windows-r to open the run box.
  2. Type ncpa.cpl and hit enter to open the list of Network Connections.
  3. Identify the adapter that you are using, right-click on it and select properties.
  4. Locate Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), select it and then the properties button.
  5. Make sure "Obtain IP address automatically" and "Obtain DNS server address automatically" is selected.
  6. You may also want to click on the advanced button and make sure that DHCP enabled is listed on the next page.
  7. If you are using IPv6 as well or exclusively, repeat the steps outlined above for the protocol as well.

Fix DHCP issues using the network troubleshooting

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Sometimes, DHCP may not be available even though the adapter is configured properly. This may happen after you close a virtual private network connection on your system for instance.

If that is the case, you may need to run the network troubleshooter to fix the issue this way.

  1. Right-click on the network icon in the Windows System Tray area and select Troubleshoot Problems from the context menu.
  2. Windows checks the network and possible issues. It may display "DHCP is not enabled for Local Area Connection" after the check.
  3. If it does that, select "try these repairs as an administrator" and follow the instructions.
  4. Windows will repair the issue, enable DHCP for the adapter so that Internet and network access is restored if it relies on DHCP.

I'm not aware of a permanent fix for the issue though.

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  1. Chris said on August 14, 2017 at 9:32 am

    This works but after a day the problem appears again.. :(

  2. Jam said on July 27, 2017 at 9:01 am

    hello, anyone can help me please. i have a private network but the problem is i need to static assigned IP Address all the unit to make sure they can connect internet. my question is how to fix my network to DHCP enables?

  3. Admir said on July 15, 2017 at 6:03 am

    A good hint it finally worked after countless attempts, thanks a lot..

  4. Dave said on September 4, 2016 at 6:37 am

    I forgot about PIA. Thanks!!

  5. Venu Arvindh said on May 15, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks a lot,man.I was searching the internet for a day and then i tried yours.It actually worked.

  6. Dan said on January 10, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    It helps a lot. thank you

  7. DonGateley said on August 18, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    I use this a lot to find and fix the mess that the Private Internet Access VPN client can leave behind if not stopped correctly and sometimes even then. Frequently even this isn’t enough to get back online and I have found that PIA in its infinite wisdom can create a Windows Firewall outbound blocking rule that must be manually deleted. It has a long random number name such as 4jxr4b3r3du76ina39a98x8k2 and is usually at the top of the outbound list. For how to manipulate the firewall see:

    1. Kevin said on March 29, 2016 at 5:54 am

      PLLLEEEEASE help me. I have PIA VPN client too and I started having a huge shitshow on my computer for internet connection. Long story short, I was having trouble running any games on my PC but was able to surf the internet fine, found out that my Inbound connections are having issues with Windows Sockets. I went to my firewall to check if there was problems there and I saw the exact rule on there that you mentioned: 4jxr4b3r3du76ina39a98x8k2. I couldn’t figure out how to manually delete it, could you help me?

      1. Mike said on March 29, 2016 at 11:51 am

        You can also try opening PIA, turning off the Kill Switch and other advance tricks, then disconnecting it, and exiting the program. The program should then clean up behind itself.

      2. Don Gateley said on March 29, 2016 at 8:31 am

        I run my account as administrator and was able to simply delete it with a right click and select delete. If your account isn’t administrator I’m not sure how that works.

  8. George said on August 18, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Not using DHCP, assigning each PC their own IP address and resorting to the nice DNS Benchmark tool for proper DNS server selection. Custom all the way!

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