Cannot renew IP address? Receive error No operation can be performed, Media disconnected when you run IPconfig /renew? If you encounter this error on your Windows system, please read this article for the resolutions.
How do IPCONFIG /RELEASE and IPCONFIG /RENEW commands work?
The IPCONFIG /RELEASE and IPCONFIG /RENEW commands can help in solving most problems related to the IP address.
- The IPCONFIG /RELEASE informs the server that you wish to remove the currently leased IP address.
- The IPCONFIG /RENEW command is a request to the server for a new IP address.
IPconfig /renew not working? Cannot renew IP address?
Various factors, including problems with wireless connectivity, network adapter, IP address recognition, etc., could cause the error. Try the following solutions sequentially to fix the problem:
- Isolate the case of wireless connectivity
- Reset the router
- Power cycle the modem-router-computer
- Run the Network Adapter troubleshooter
- Reset the Winsock catalog
- Run Network Reset
- General wireless and internet troubleshooting
No operation can be performed, Media disconnected
1] Isolate the case of wireless connectivity
If the physical wireless connectivity between the router and the computer is a problem, then no solution at the system level will work. So before proceeding with any other troubleshooting step, please fix the part with wireless connectivity.
Remove any interference between the router and the computer like water bottles, other wireless devices, etc. Also, if you have thick walls in your house, place the router in the same room as the computer or use a wireless extender.
If these steps don’t help, then try connecting your system to the router using an ethernet cable to isolate the cause with wireless connectivity.
2] Reset the router
If you encounter the problem with multiple computers connected to the same router, probably the issue could be with the router itself. In this case, you can reset the router. Most routers have two options for resetting. One is a soft reset through the graphics user interface and the other is a hard reset through the physical device. Please contact the router manufacturer for the soft reset procedure. A hard reset on the router could be performed as follows.
- Bring a pin-sharp enough to enter a small hole.
- Check for the reset hole behind your router.
- Insert the pin inside the reset hole and prick it for 5 to 10 seconds. Once you notice all the lights on the router blinking, you will realize that it has been reset.
Now try connecting the router to your system using the default SSID and password.
3] Power cycle the modem-router-computer
If you encounter an APIPA IP address on your system, then other IP related problems will follow. This will happen even if your router connects well with other devices. In this case, you can power cycle the modem-router-computer combination. The procedure is as follows.
- Switch OFF the modem, router, and computer.
- Switch ON the modem only and wait for all lights to be stable.
- Now switch ON the router only and wait for all the lights to be stable.
- Finally, switch ON the computer and check if the problem has been resolved.
4] Run the Network Adapter troubleshooter
The Network Adapter troubleshooter is an excellent tool that checks for issues with network connections between your computer and connected network devices. Then it fixes those problems if possible. The procedure to run the Network Adapter troubleshooter is as follows.
- Right-click on the Start button and select Settings from the menu.
- In the Settings window, go to System > Troubleshoot > Other troubleshooter.
- Click on Run corresponding to the Network Adapter troubleshooter.
- Once the troubleshooter has completed its job, you can reboot the system.
5] Reset the Winsock catalog
The Winsock programming interface handles the interaction between the internet and application. If it gets corrupt, then you can reset Winsock as follows.
Search for Command Prompt in the Windows Search bar.
Click on Run as administrator in the right-pane to open the elevated Command Prompt window.
In the elevated Command prompt window, copy-paste the following commands and hit Enter after each command.
netsh winsock reset netsh winsock reset catalog netsh int ip stop netsh int ip start
Reboot your system after the commands have been executed and check whether it solves the problem in the discussion.
6] Run Network Reset
Run Network Reset and see if that works for you
7] General wireless and internet troubleshooting
Steps like disabling IPv6 and network Reset could be very helpful in fixing the problem in the discussion.
How do I flush the DNS cache in a Windows computer?
Flushing the DNS cache in a Windows computer helps fix the problem of a corrupt DNS cache. A corrupt DNS cache disallows you from accessing many websites. To flush the DNS cache on your system, run the command IPCONFIG /FLUSHDNS in the elevated Command prompt window.