Fix: The Hosted Network Couldn’t Be Started while setting up Windows as HotSpot

We all know that Windows 7 added the Wireless Hosted Network feature for the first time to the Windows OS, so that you can turn your Windows system into a hotspot for sharing data connection to various devices. We’ve already posted about how to set up Windows as hotspot manually. Today, we came around an issue due to which we were unable to host the hotspot from a Windows 8 system.

The Hosted Network Couldn’t Be Started

Whenever we tried to start the hosted network, Windows ended itself with this error:

The hosted network couldn’t be started.

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

the hosted network couldn't be started

Well, this issue can be due to misconfiguration in network adapter settings. We already tried to update even reinstalling the wireless driver, but no luck. Following fixes you can try to solve it:


1. Press Windows Key + R, type ncpa.cpl in the Run dialog box and hit Enter, this should open Network Connections.


2. In the Network Connections window, select the network you’re going to share. Right click on it and select Properties.


3. In the network connection Properties window, switch to Sharing tab. Now enable first two options there as indicated in the screenshot below.


Click OK, close the Network Connections window and reboot. Your problem should be fixed by now and if it doesn’t, try the second fix mentioned below.


1. Press Windows Key + R, type devmgmt.msc in the Run dialog box and hit Enter, this should open Device Manager.


2. In the Device Manager window, expand Network adapters, from the list pick the wireless adapter and do a right click on it and select Properties or simply double click on it.


3. In the Properties window, switch to Power Management tab, here make sure that option Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power is checked/enabled.


Click OK, close Device Manager and reboot the system, issue should be fixed significantly.

Hope this helps you resolve The Hosted Network Couldn’t Be Startederror while setting up Windows as a HotSpot.

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