Turn Windows PC into a WiFi Hotspot using Internet Connection Sharing


  1. sir i followed all ur steps but network is enabled in my laptop but not connecting wifi in phone. not in my phone i tested my frnds phones also but not wifi connecting. The above process done in windows 7 all are done successfully and net is sharing through wifi in phone successfully. so why not in windows 8? please solve my problem sir, please reply to me my mail id is bvsn.1983@gmail.com

  2. hey i did everything u said but before i could connect my phone to the laptop i accidentally deleted the connection i jst created and i don’t know how to create a neew one, when i try to repeat the process the netsh wlan start hostednetwork command gives me this error The hosted network couldn’t be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation. Pls anyone Help me..

  3. if you go into control panel>system and security>system>device manager. next you find the ‘virtual network adapter ‘ right click it then enable it. that should allow it to work.

  4. Hey..

    I tried using this method and was successful once to share my Tata Photon connection through my Wi-Fi on my phone..

    But now when I do the same the Wi-Fi is connected on my phone.. but internet is not available…

    I’ve checked the sharing checkbox of my Tata Photon connection and selected my Hosted Nework for sharing..

    Anyone faced this problem? Please help..



  5. Is there any other possibility to “share” your wired interface with the virtual WIFI interface?
    Using the command line, registry entries or modifying the tcpip.sys, if anyone is able to answer that i would be very happy.

    Why is that?
    I’m programming a tool which includes all these steps, everything works so far except for the “sharing”-part.


    Right Click to CMD -> Start as Administrator -> Than the Commands

    On GERMAN:

    Für Hotspot zum starten CMD als Administrator ausführen:

    1. Schritt:

    netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=NAME key=huber123


    2. Schritt:

    netsh wlan start hostednetwork


  7. created the hosted network but its not visible in the network panel in change adapter setting window plz help

  8. I followed all steps and able to have wifi hotspost even my lumai 820 is able to detect network but when I am trying to connect it’s giving an error “Connection Unsuccessful” …. any idea … please let me know … Thank you…..

  9. i followed the steps but was unable to access net on my phone it shows the wi-fi connected sign above but there’s no access to the internet. plz help

  10. Hello could someone please help I get this message any ideas? …thanks

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>netsh wlan start hostednetwork
    The hosted network couldn’t be started.
    The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested opera


  11. Hi I did all the above in my windows pc 8.1, my phone (Lumia 820) is getting connected to the wifi network but i cant browse from my phone. Plz help!

  12. Just a add on to above steps At times android phone may detect your virtual Wi FI connection but may not be able connect to it.
    It would continuously show ” Authenticating” or ” Obtaining IP address”.
    In such case use static IP address instead of DHCP.
    In the properties of virtual network : Go TO IPV4 Properties
    Maintain IP as
    IP :
    Mask :
    In static ip of your phone & devices give static ip as to
    You should be able to connect

  13. Either your Microsoft Virtual Adapter is diabled , which mostly seems the reason . You can activate it in Device Manager under Network Adapters.

    Or Worst…

    Your Wi Fi Radio is off , switch it On.

  14. Yup it will work in the very same fashion on windows 7 . I have not tried with Windows XP though.

  15. I cannot connect to network. I do not have Wi-fi and homesharing. But, I want to connect 2 computers using a modem. How do I do that?

  16. Awesome!!! Even a newbie like me was able to turn my laptop into a hotspot —thanks for sharing!
    I have one question, is there a way we can disable or disconnect the hotsopt, when no loner required?
    I tried un checking the option to allow the computer Internet sharing; While this option disabled usage of Wi-fi, the wi-fi name is still displayed in the list of available wi-fi connection.
    Any help is appreciated!

  17. i disabled the newly created Local Area Network *12 on my PC after use and I could not start it again. i have repeated the above steps to no avail. the message i get is “the hosted network couldn’t be started. the group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the required operation.

  18. Hey guys…wish someone could help me over here. I’m able to see only ethernet connection in my network and sharing. Also when is right click that and go for properties sharing tab is missing… 🙁 🙁

  19. Click on the Sharing tab in the Ethernet Properties box and select Allow other network users to connect through this computers Internet connection. Home networking connection dislay 2 chose wifi and ethernet do not Local Area Connections 12 help me!!!

  20. go to Windows+R and type “devmgmt.msc” and then right click and enable the vritual network adapter, try again and it worked for me…

  21. I have installed connectify but I am not able to use internet in my phone. I use tata photon and it requires Pro. Is there any other requirement for this??

  22. I am able to create wifi hotspot with cmd window commands

    when my internet source is a public or private wifi then I am able to use the hotspot internet connection in mobile device.
    but when my internet source is broadband cdma datacard(reliance netconnect +), I am able to create hotspot, my mobile able to connect to the hotspot but there is no internet connectivity, even there is packet transmission to and fro, there is no internet connectivity, and when I set the static ip address to the hostednetwork client it automatically disappears. I think this ip address is the problem, I don’t know how to fix it..

  23. Microsoft Windows [Version 6.3.9600]

    (c) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:Windowssystem32>netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=NOVA key=darkan


    The hosted network mode has been set to allow.

    The SSID of the hosted network has been successfully changed.

    The user key passphrase of the hosted network has been successfully changed.

    C:Windowssystem32>netsh wlan start hostednetwork

    The hosted network couldn’t be started.

    The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested opera



  24. Hi I have a LAN with proxy and i am sharing LAN over wifi to android mobile. Mobile is getting connected to wifi but cannot browse, can any one help to resolve.

  25. I am having a problem in connecting my mobile to internet through the internet connection in my desk top.
    I have a HP Pessario AIO desk top with Window 8 as the OS & Gionee Pioneer P3 Mobile. I connect to internet through Tata Photon + Dongle attached to a USB port in my desk top.
    I had followed the steps to create the hot spot & share the internet connection. The Tata Photon + connection shows shared connection. The Local Area Connection*12 is established bt running start command as administrator.
    The Local Area Connedtion *12 shows No internet connection.
    Kindly help me for a solution.

  26. I get a message “The hosted network couldn’t be started The group or resources is not in the correct state to perform the request operation” when I write a command “netsh wlan start hostednetwork”. Please suggest… Apply on windows8

  27. Sir is this method valid without router, on laptop?because my phone is displaying “Obtaining IP Address” and does’nt proceed. Kindly help.

  28. ohk.. i did everything as mentiond above..
    but there is a problem.. i dont get any dropdown menu in the sharing tab to choose a connection.. so please can you tel me where am i going wrong..

  29. Hi, at the end I don’t have the textbox after the first checkbox. I have windows 8.1. Help!

    – ICTman1076

  30. I did it with tata photon + . I opened wifi in my phone and while connecting to the network it stopped at “obtaining IP address” remains there only and does not connect…
    plz help

  31. i did everything as mentioned above and my phone is getting connected to virtual wifi but i am not any internet on my mobile please help

    Note : I am using airtel 4 G datacard for sharing internet

  32. What would be the reason that I don’t have the ‘Home networking connection’ drop down menu on my Ethernet? Any help?

  33. i created the wifi hotspot but am getting password isnt correct so pls say how to change the password

  34. in 4 screenshot u choose local area connection but in my laptop it is changing please me how i change it

  35. I created the the WiFi adapter using your steps as given here, but when I try to share my internet connection its gives an error “an error occurred while internet connection is being enabled – (null)” and it stops. I am using Win 8. Initially I thought its because of my anti virus setup, but I enabled my internet connection sharing set up there too its still not working.

  36. HELP !! i did it for months worked fine .. but since yesterday i do this.. but as i try to connect my android the wifi gets out of range after few seconds.. and even if my android gets connected luckily… the hotspot disappears after a few seconds

  37. anyone help!!!! My internet sharing only last for about 10min. So i created the internet, joined it and everything was fine. About 10min later there is still connection but there is not internet. i can still use internet on my laptop but cannot use it anymore on my connected devices

  38. Anish Anand: Hit the nail on the head. The only thing that I would add is that when I went in to my virtual network properties and the went to IPv4 there was an address there already of GW blank. So when i connected with my phone I went to advanced options and used static and put in a one off address of prefix of 24, that was the golden ticket for me.

    Win 8.1
    New Samsung Note 4 Got it Dec 2014
    Hope it helps you!

  39. Hi, I have been doing this for the past months but now is not working anymore, in cmd there’s a message that says there is an error. Do you know what is happening?

  40. The hosted network couldn’t be started.
    The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested opera

    This is the message

  41. Is there a way I can save my new hotspot so that I don’t have to repeat this process every time I reboot my computer?

  42. Use the “Set up a new connection or network” option to store the details for the data card credentials in that process and finish. now use that network setup to connect to the internet, then you can share the internet from this to a hosted network. it worked for me. Key point: dont use the datacard software to establish the internet access.

  43. Hello guys,

    I tried everything. Under the sharing tab >> after clicking allow other users to connect >> I wonder why it does not give a drop down of which home networking connection to select. I can see only Wi-Fi.

  44. Hai,
    my computer Eithernet Sharing doen’t have dropdown to select Local Area Connection.
    can some one help me.

  45. I get an error when I try to start the hosted network. it says the group or resource is not in the correct state. help?

  46. Sir I checked/enabled this -Allow other network users to connect through this computers Internet connection. but i am not getting home network connection below. help pls

  47. This is probably the best thing I have ever done on a laptop. Can use my iphone to connect to the internet on Angelsey North Wales for the first time in 4 years. Thanks

  48. hi Niall. How did you get it to work? I did the set up but I am failing to find the wifi using my phone. please advice. windows 8.1

  49. in sharing tab, when we check allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection – it doesn’t show local area connection*13, instead it shows wi-fi. and so my mobile shows obtaining ip address and does not connect to wi-fi. How to fix this….

    Previously it was working fine and used to connect automatically within a couple of seconds.. Im using Windows 10 with HP AMD8 processor

  50. in my laptop show in second step-
    hosted network coudnt be started.
    the group or resourse not in the correct state please hepl me what will be do

  51. Everything is okay but network working I shared my ethernet 3 to my hotspot also but still.received is.0 on hotspot area connection status please help me.

  52. I always use the 3rd-party program like OSToto Hotspot to create a WiFi hotspot on my Windows 8.1 laptop. It is easier!

  53. I have to create portable hotspot in my laptop but the DHCP configuration is not allowed. How to turn it on?

  54. Hi all. I followed the instructions completely. In the Ethernet properties window, it does not allow me to select the created network but remains fixed on “WIFI” Why is this and how do i fix it?

  55. I use OSToto Hotspot to create hotspot. It works as a portable router. With the blacklist function, I can enjoy the wifi in a safer internet connection.

  56. I just want to thank you soooo soooo much!!! You have no idea how happy you made me!!!! I’ve been trying to set up my ad hoc for the longest time ever and you finally fixed it!!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  57. thank you, my phone now connected to the wifi, but i dont have internet connection. can you please tell me how to solve this problem?

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