Fix: Windows could not start the WLAN AutoConfig service

We have already seen how to fix limited WiFi connection problems on Windows 8. But sometimes you may came around the issue, where your system isn’t able to identify or detect any WiFi or wireless network. In some scenarios, it could be a hardware issue which you can verify from the Devices Manager. Here you have to look for whether your wireless driver is working properly or not. In case you find that it is a hardware problem, you should visit the nearest computer repair shop to get fixed.

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While if you’re pretty sure that nothing is wrong on the hardware side, you can check if the WLAN AutoConfig service is running properly in the Services window (Run  services.msc to get this). In our case, we found that WLAN AutoConfig service was not working on the system and we received the following error message:

windows could not start the wlan autoconfig service

Windows could not start the WLAN Auto Config service on the local computer. Error 1068: The dependency service or group failed to start.

After doing some research on this issue, we came around this solution posted at Microsoft Community which helped us to solve this problem. We are therefore sharing it with all of you.

Windows could not start the WLAN AutoConfig service on the local computer

1. Press Windows Key + R combination, type put regedit in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

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2. Navigate here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Dhcp

Windows-Couldnt-Detect-Any-WiFi-Networks-13. In the right pane of this location, look for the registry multi-string named DependOnService. Double click on the same to modify its Value data:

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4. In the Edit Multi-String window so appear now, you have to remove everything except Afd. In other words, only Afd should be the Value data for this multi-string. Click OK when you’re done. You may now close Registry Editor and reboot to get fixed.

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Let us know if this solution worked for you.

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP in Windows Experience expertise and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.

17 Comments

  1. Dan

    I just checked my Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64 bit simply to see how my own WLAN AutoConfig was doing; it shows like in your graphic for “after applying the fix”, including type automatic, but for status instead of “Running” says “Started”, Obviously, I get internet with such setting, so is this just the way my version of Win7 does the same thing, or is it necessary to tweak?

  2. ^^ If your registry configuration is same as of mine, and you’re not facing any trouble in using WiFi, there is no need to tweak 🙂

  3. Dan

    Thank you! Just wanted to be sure I hadn’t missed some little nuance in a smaller, non-gpe version of Windows 7.

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  5. Ramon

    thank you! It has fixed my issue.

  6. ^^ Glad we could help 🙂

  7. Guest

    SFC /SCANNOW worked for me

  8. Martin

    I tried it, but I got the error message: error 1747 Authentication service unknown (translated from swedish)

  9. karthik

    Didn’t work, still stuck with same issue, doesn’t show that it’s Running.

  10. Yochanan k

    These steps did not work. I still get the same error message

  11. The Light

    No, these steps did not work. I am trying the sfc /scannow as I type this. Someone entered my name illegally into the criminal system when I was never arrested for anything to steal all of my promotions. If you notice many of your files owned by SYSTEM, you are most likely in the criminal system and they are stealing your computer remotely. They are most likely stealing your wlansvc service as well.

  12. Adrian hadi agathon

    Not working in me mu troble is the eror 1206: The network conection profilnis corrupted

  13. Glen Foulk

    I tried this for Windows 10 and I am still seeing Atheros Wireless Networks “Wlan auto config service is not running. Please start the service.”

  14. Sameer Narkar

    No this didn’t work for me… I have to start the WLan autoconfig every now and then as it stops automatically…

  15. denis tahar

    yes thank you

  16. Kea

    In the registry editor I couldn’t find the dhcp. how is that? I got the same problem anyway and I was trying to do your procedures but when I got to registry editor there is no dhcp under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.what should I do? I can’t access the internet anymore.

  17. mewewew

    What the total fuck.

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