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 hotspotΒ manually. Today, we came around an issue due to which we were unable to host the hotspot from a Windows 10/8 systems.

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 a 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:

FIX 1

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

NCPA.CPL

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

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

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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.

FIX 2

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

DEVMGMT.MSC

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.

The hosted network couldn't be started, The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.

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.

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

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

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP 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.

142 Comments

  1. amit

    i do all these but unable to find solution.
    pls help.

  2. ^^ Try netsh wlan show drivers command in administrative Command Prompt. Make sure that Hosted network supported section says Yes.

  3. user

    and how to make it say Yes ?

  4. ^^ Its depending upon hardware configuration.

  5. muni theja

    i’ve opened the network adapter list but its not showing the intel pro/wireless network connection so how to fix it bro……….mine is lenovo g570??

  6. Anurag

    Does it work with data cards (photon, mts etc)

  7. ^^ You may have different wireless adapter then, just look at the names of devices in the Device Manager carefully, pick the one which have ‘wireless’ in its name.

  8. ^^ We hope, it should work πŸ™‚

  9. Vansh

    Follow fix 2, instead of going to the real wifi driver, select microsoft virtual adapter and enable it, that worked for me πŸ™‚

  10. ^^ Thanks for inputs, may be helpful to others πŸ™‚

  11. vicks

    Thanks Vansh

  12. Mohammed Riyad Ayesh

    i do all these steps also enable microsot virtual adapter…it’s the same problem…how can fix that???

  13. Mohammed Riyad Ayesh

    my labtop>>lenovo ideapad z500>>model name 20202

  14. Donny Bennett

    followed every step no solution plz help!

  15. Donny Bennett

    cant enabe virt adapter either

  16. Donny Bennett

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.3.9600]

    (c) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:Windowssystem32>netsh lan show drivers

    The following command was not found: lan show drivers.

    C:Windowssystem32>netsh wlan show drivers

    Interface name: Wi-Fi

    Driver : Realtek RTL8188EE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC

    Vendor : Realtek Semiconductor Corp.

    Provider : Realtek Semiconductor Corp.

    Date : 10/18/2013

    Version : 2012.3.913.2013

    INF file : C:WindowsINFoem11.inf

    Files : 2 total

    C:Windowssystem32DRIVERSrtwlane.sys

    C:Windowssystem32driversvwifibus.sys

    Type : Native Wi-Fi Driver

    Radio types supported : 802.11n 802.11b 802.11g

    FIPS 140-2 mode supported : Yes

    802.11w Management Frame Protection supported : Yes

    Hosted network supported : Yes

    Authentication and cipher supported in infrastructure mode:

    Open None

    WPA2-Personal CCMP

    Open WEP-40bit

    Open WEP-104bit

    Open WEP

    WPA-Enterprise TKIP

    WPA-Personal TKIP

    WPA2-Enterprise TKIP

    WPA2-Personal TKIP

    WPA-Enterprise CCMP

    WPA-Personal CCMP

    WPA2-Enterprise CCMP

    Vendor defined TKIP

    Vendor defined CCMP

    Vendor defined Vendor defined

    Vendor defined Vendor defined

    WPA2-Enterprise Vendor defined

    WPA2-Enterprise Vendor defined

    Vendor defined Vendor defined

    Vendor defined Vendor defined

    Authentication and cipher supported in ad-hoc mode:

    Open None

    Open WEP-40bit

    Open WEP-104bit

    Open WEP

    WPA2-Personal CCMP

    C:Windowssystem32>netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=bhawks key=nikk

    iw77

    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

    tion.

    C:Windowssystem32>

  17. above 2 methods not worked on win8

  18. Rizwan Shaikh

    it worked for me the second fix though my macine is having windows 7 operating system

  19. ifi

    the problem sometimes is so simple, it might be because your wifi is turned off, just make sure it’s on before trying anything else !!!

  20. ^^ Yup, one should make sure about this πŸ™‚

  21. pritee

    i hav tried all these but all in vein …not fixed

  22. pritee

    my laptop acer aspire v5-573p-6896

  23. ^^ Make sure that hosted network is supported by your hardware configuration.

  24. Mithy

    “the hosted network couldn’t be started
    A device attached to the system is not functioning”
    what do i do now

  25. sakthi

    Hi i tried fix 1 option but there is no sharing option in my prompt…., what can i do in this situation am using tata photon max dialler

  26. ^^ You can refer to the operator support for this or try FIX 2 πŸ™‚

  27. Rohit A

    I am using Lenovo – Windows 7 ulitmate, tried all the steps but not at all working.
    need your help guys…

  28. ^^ Please refer to previous comments here, if you have a different issue then let us know πŸ™‚

  29. Ritesh

    i am not able to get any solution I was able to make it hotspot for 1 time but i just changes the settings and now getting the same problem and is not resolving
    plese help me……..

  30. ^^ Have you tried the above mentioned fixes?

  31. shahzaib rajar

    iam recieving same problem and also iam using evo usb broadband connection and the network is not setting up also i tried ur views but there is no virtual mini port device in my devices iam using windows 7 what should i do????

  32. Yoga Andersson

    Kapil Arya – you may close this thread because it is flaw;

    The “Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG” does Not support hosted network – only ad-hoc!

    More info;
    https://communities.intel.com/thread/32122
    and
    http://www.istartedsomething.com/20091106/latest-intel-drivers-windows-7-virtual-wifi-support/

    i.e – “Hosted network supported” can never say yes on the 3945.

  33. ^^ Ok! That is the story of that network adapter we have shown you in the article, but for other network adapters, who are supposed to support hosted network, this fix should help πŸ™‚

  34. Yoga Andersson

    Just a reminder then to folks out there…

    Hosted Networking only works on NIC’s that support it!

  35. Mohammed Rasi K

    update wireless hardware driver and that will fix the problems for windows 8 users..

  36. Mohammed Rasi K

    After update, enter following commands in command prompt(admin)
    netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=YourName key=12345678 (press enter)
    netsh wlan start hostednetwork (press enter)
    netsh wlan show hostednetwork (press enter)

    DONE πŸ™‚

  37. ^^ Glad to hear it worked for you!

  38. Shubham Salgiya

    what to do ? when it says = the hosted network couldn’t be started . A device attached to the system is not functioning .

  39. enex

    LOL OMG you are right. GENIUS, thank you for adding this comment even though it may seem simple and stupid to others. i forgot that i turned on airplane mode, and i was spending the past few minutes working every solution offered here. THANK YOU HAHA.

  40. santosh bhoyar

    Please perfome provided steps..If still isseue persist then try below fix:

    To fix that go to Device Manager , then
    open the network adapters tree , right click button on Microsoft Hosted
    Network Virtual Adapter and click on enable.

    Hope this helps you resolve issue..

    Thanks,
    Santosh Bhoyar

  41. Nate

    Also make sure that your adapter for the Hosted Network is working.

  42. Kim Jun-su

    ADD : if the same problem keeps popping up despite 2 solutions to try, make sure Microsoft Virtual WiFi Minitort Adapter (not your WiFi adapter) is listed in the Network Adapters menu. if that is enabled, disable it then try to start hostednetwork. If all else fails…… I hope it doesn’t so.

  43. ^^ Thanks Kim for inputs πŸ™‚

  44. jaqsparow

    this worked for me..thanks for sharing:)

  45. Paultron

    my cmd.exe box informs me: “hosted network supported: No”. i don’t know how to get my computer to actually host it. is this because my computer is old? or do i simply need to find some drivers for it?

  46. JΓ³nas JΓ³nasson

    Great share, 10 stars out of possible 5!

  47. ismailos2

    its really function now ^__^ .. its really my pleasure to follow your tips .. thank you very much

  48. sena

    this wont work guys.the correct procedure is with second procedure do as it is shown but instead of going to power management option check the option of ad-hoc in general whether it is disabled or enabled. if its disabled, enable it and try once again. for luckily it did work for me.

  49. sena

    sorry guys its advanced tab actually

  50. Anish Cyriac

    I enabled microsoft virtual adapter and it worked. Hosted network status changed from “Not Available” to “Not started”

  51. ^^ Glad to hear that, thanks for the update on this issue πŸ™‚

  52. vivek

    when i try to start a hosted network without a internet connection this message appears

    the hosted network couldn’t be started.

    the wireless local area network interface is powered down and doesn’t support the requested operation.

    hosted network work without internet connection like to share files,play games etc…?

    as long as i know i have used it once without internet connection

    window 8.1

  53. Vibha

    In the network connection Properties window, there is no sharing tab for my pc. I tried the 2nd option but that doesn’t work either. Please help!

  54. ^^ Make sure your network adapter supports hosted networking.

  55. Deepanshu

    Hey, This thing worked. !! But, My android is not getting connected to it. Its saying, obtaining IP address but, never connects.

  56. grv18kmr .

    oops thanks bro

  57. micael

    thanks i found the solution, i just needed to enable the network adapter wireless connection i had already created in device manager

  58. Gabriel

    Please help me, how can I make this Hosted network supported section YES

  59. Gabriel

    Vansh Please I dont understand your suggestion, concerning microsoft virtual adapter, show me how

  60. alban

    the virtual adapter worked..thnx vansh…i guess thats the fix for the problem

  61. abhijit

    Thank YOu …..

  62. riaz

    In my dell studio 15 Hosted Network Supported is showing NO..How can I change it?

  63. vundarosa

    No one has a solution for this? There’s very little on the web about this solution. Power Management checks are done, adapter is enabled and so on but the same the hosted network doesn’t start because “A device attached to the system is not functioning”. … Ideas?!

  64. Akshay lal

    hey when i type netsh wlan start hostednetork when loptop shown error that “th hosted network could not be started the group or esoure is not in the correct state to perform the equested operaion ” plz help me

  65. Tannu Shukla

    hey plez tell me the solution .if u got.m also getting same msg

  66. ravikiran

    hi in my laptop didnt starting hosted network the error is showing the group or resource not in state

  67. thanks Vansh, that worked for me.

  68. Shivali

    I tried out both the ways but i didn’t got my problem fixed

  69. Kundan Kumar

    it worked for me too πŸ™‚

  70. Rohit Jainapur

    1)Goto device management and check network adapter> there you will find list of adapter> select Wi-Fi adapter and goto property window> goto power management and enable Allow option!

    2)1)Goto device management and check network adapter> there you will find list of adapter> select Microsoft Virtual Adapter> and enable device.
    It might be disabled

  71. Rohit Jainapur

    1)Goto device management and check network adapter> there you will find list of adapter> select Wi-Fi adapter and goto property window> goto power management and enable Allow option!

    2)Make sure you have turned wi-fi on
    Goto device management and check network adapter> there you will find list of adapter> select Microsoft Virtual Adapter> and enable device.
    It might be disabled
    After this follow this in Command prompt with Run as Administrator
    netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=name key=password
    netsh wlan start hostednetwork

  72. Coponz

    How to start Asus rog g750 jm ?

  73. MAC

    from the CMD change the SSID and Password by other name and try to start…

  74. Szawe? Makowski

    I need some help. Currently I am using 4G USB device, using 3G is just impossible in my case, besides LTE costs me about 2$ a month and I have no data limits.
    So, my point is – all the command line stuff is easy, creating and setting up a Virtual Hosted Network is not a problem, but everytime I create this, my smartphone stucks on “Obtaining IP” and it never connects finally. I have no idea how to do it, Connectify just won’t help, the free version does not support 4G connections. For about a month I desperately look for a help and I get nothing. If anyone has an idea of know how to make it work – please, feel free to send me an e-mail at: orestes.jazgarzewicz@gmail.com.

    Also! Funny thing – Windows 8.1 recognizes this dongle as an ethernet – mindf*ck…
    Samsung Galaxy S Advance – Refuses to connect
    Samsung Galaxy Ace – Connects…
    Thanks in advance

  75. Jagpal Sidhu

    i try all solution on other website but now i successful by your information .thank u very much.

  76. ^^ Glad it helped πŸ™‚

  77. Dipu Joy

    I am getting the following message in cmd prompt – “The hosted network couldn’t be started. A device attached to the system is not functioning”
    I even enabled all the sub sections in network adapters under device manager
    Can you please tell me what would be the issue and which device is attached to the system is not functioning

  78. TyRulez.TK

    Hi, I know this was a year ago, but this is for all the people viewing in 2015! In change adapter settings, if you disable the Ad-Hoc network…You have to find the network name in devmgmt.msc and right-click and enable

  79. Sanket Patel

    hosted network couldn’t be started a device attached to the system is not functioning..

    problem..

  80. Anil Singh

    hii. i have a tata docomo 3g dongle .and In the network connection Properties window, there is no sharing option wht i do ???

  81. snehal

    wow it really worked! am so glad. thank you so much. heartfelt thanks to you. am so happy, was trying to fix this problem since when and found the ultimate solution from your post. πŸ™‚

  82. ^^ Glad we could help πŸ™‚ Thanks for feedback!

  83. lanin

    Work it nicely, many thanks bro

  84. Carlos Zorrilla

    In the device manager, under the network adapters, look for MIcrosoft Virtual Wifi *** Adapter. Go to properties and press the “enable” button.

  85. Abhishek Tiwari

    I am not getting 3rd step after 2nd

  86. Noor Alfian

    how i change setting back to normal

  87. Noor Alfian

    how i change setting back to normal

  88. Jithin

    I tried this, but couldn’t find microsoft virtual adapter . It was hidden. So I changed it from “VIEW” tab > show hidden devices

    And then enabled it.

    this video helped
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TduBeQ-Ed1o

    Thank you all for the help

  89. ranjit

    i do all but i cnat start netsh wlan start hostednetwork can you help us

  90. Satriyo Wahyu hp

    Thank you for the information both ways it really helps

  91. Joshua Huynh

    I did the above step 2, but no devices can connect to my network. It said that the “network didn’t respond.” I’ve searched all over the internet and asked all of my tech friends, but nobody seems to know other than to reset the router. Since it is a virtual network adapter, I have been rebooting my machine.

  92. Muhammad Samir Raza

    thanks vansh

  93. vikash sharma

    it worked but no intenret access…Is it because my lan is a public network and this hosted network created is a private network…if So how to make my hosted network as public or vice versa…please help

  94. obionekenobi

    enable the hosted network @ the network adapter this will fix it.

  95. dinesh

    saying ‘the wireless local area network interface is powered down’

  96. Lovely Sam

    i know dis but i hav done every thing but it says dat the wireless network interface is turned off so bro please hep me out

  97. biggoold

    This WORKED !! Ty a lot

  98. Alexandru Caraus

    This helped.

  99. Rimu

    thanx kapil and vansh …my hostednetwork finally started …but I can not connect other devices with the wifi yet…:(

  100. Himanshu Choubey

    i cant see any sharing option after opening the properties. i can only see the general settings in properties. what to do now ?

  101. favour

    k nice i forgot to turn my wfi on

  102. AshleyJane

    PROBLEM: The hosted network couldn’t be started.

    A device attached to the system is not functioning.

    SOLUTION: Press F2 to turn on your wi-fi. (depends which key it is on your keyboard)

    LESSON: sometimes it’s too complex we to tend to forget the basics.

    ^_^

  103. cheebc

    it say yes but i’m still getting the error “hosted network couldnt be started”, I’m using win10

  104. Shailendra Sikarwar

    vansh,your this statment ended my 2 days research.thnx a lot

  105. kunal

    network sharing not enable its give a msg

    internet connection sharing cannot be enabled a LAN connection is already configured with the ip address that is required for automatic ip addressing

  106. kavitha

    hiii
    first i had windows 7 and it supported hostednetwork
    2 days ago,i installed windows 10 and it does not support hosted network .
    plzz help!!!!!!

  107. Juan Carlos Calderon

    When I go to device manager the Microsoft network virtual adapter option isn’t even there.

  108. Rajesh Raj

    am unable create a hotspot .am using win 10?????
    i don’t have virtual hosted network driver to enable it and also the intel(R) pro/ wirless conection for power management
    wifi hotspot worked well in win 8 but not with 10
    i tried many ways but not wrkng please help me out friends/////// thank u πŸ™‚

  109. Win10new

    Same problem πŸ™ did u solve it yet???

  110. Neha

    What can I do to make a hotspot? Do you think its possible with the following driver details? [win10,64bit]

    Please help.

    Thank you.

    Driver : Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC

    Vendor : Realtek Semiconductor Corp.

    Provider : Realtek Semiconductor Corp.

    Date : 09-07-2015

    Version : 2023.14.615.2015

    INF file : C:WindowsINFoem16.inf

    Files : 2 total

    C:Windowssystem32DRIVERSrtwlane.sys

    C:Windowssystem32DRIVERSvwifibus.sys

    Type : Native Wi-Fi Driver

    Radio types supported : 802.11n 802.11g 802.11b

    FIPS 140-2 mode supported : Yes

    802.11w Management Frame Protection supported : Yes

    Hosted network supported : No

  111. Yemi

    Fix 2 worked for me as suggested by Vansh. Thanks πŸ™‚

  112. Julius

    Well.. i have accidentally remove my virtual network adapter.. how to get it back

  113. Sajid Mahmud

    in my case too

  114. Sajid Mahmud

    what i need to in case of ‘local area network interface powered down’

  115. Samar Emad

    i make all the steps and the hotspot worked and appear in my iphone wifi list but it try to connect and didnt get the connections yet !!!

    i checked the commend

    netsh wlan show hostednetwork

    and the number of clients is 1 so how to solve it ?

  116. srikanth

    microsoft virtual router is unavailable for me as I tried number of times using this in command prompt
    netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=wifi key=something
    what to do to make it available
    I have devices and network adapters are enabled

  117. Thomas Ryan

    did not work for me. please help….

  118. Vimanga

    I followed the instructions and i completed it And it got connected to my tablet and theirs no internet to it, Cansome one help me with this. Thanx

  119. Morattu

    finally thank you so much

  120. Morattu

    I was confused but now i am not. It is all crystal clear now

  121. jp

    Install virtual wifi adapter. It fixed my problem with windows 10 for network driver problem

  122. PAUL MUITI

    i followed up your words and it worked. Thanks much.

  123. Serge777

    I’d like to share my own experience

    I bought HP 470 G2 G6W58EA with Windows 8.1 for 1 language installed, the WiFi adapter is Realtek RTL8723BE
    The hosted network support was YES! (netsh wlan show drivers) and I could easily set up my
    WiFi hotspot on my laptop

    Last summer it was upgraded to Windows 10.
    The hotspot did work some time, but afterwards it ceased working! The netsh wlan show drivers in cmd prompt always showed hosted network support: NO!!
    I was surfing on the internet trying to find how to fix that.
    But what I could find was only the comments like some Realtek adapters could not support hosted network

    I formatted disk C, installed 8.1 again and now I am happy to share my internet to my android devices through 4G modem

    My advise – think a lot before upgrading to 10!

  124. Star

    There isn’t a mircrosoft virtual adapter on my win10 for me. Only my intel wireless adapter. Any other options? Cant seem to get the hosted network support to say “yes” no matter what I do. Please help

  125. Jared

    So I found that in device manager the Virtual connection was disabled after using this feature for a couple days. Not sure what triggered it but it has been resolved.

  126. Paul Braspenning

    All these suggestions won’t work because the “Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter driver” or “Microsoft Wi-Fi Virtual Adapter” is not present (anymore). This is caused by installing or updating the newest (Realtek) wifi adapter drivers. Solution: re-install your older drivers which are still on your computer.

    How? Go to your actual wireless driver – Realtek or Broadcom or Qualcomm or etc.. Right click and Update Driver software -> Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
    Select an older version and finish. Restart system.

    See also: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-hardware/microsoft-hosted-network-virtual-adapter-driver/522d9754-6fb1-4ff4-af10-116042ee6ed4

  127. Makcim Enuka

    Hi, I have created ad hoc, on windows7, but in device meneger I could not find Virtual adapter, command
    netsh wlan show hostednetwork gives me that answer:

    Mode Allowed
    SSID name “networkName”
    Max number of clients 100
    Authentication WRAP2-Personal
    cipher CCMP
    ———————
    Status Not available

    Command “netsh wlan start hostednetwork” does not work. Could you tell me what problem?

  128. Makcim Enuka

    There is not Virtual adapter in Device meneger?

  129. Makcim Enuka

    Why had you delete my message? xxxx admin.

  130. If you use 4 letter words your comments are going to be automatically blocked. Which comment have we deleted? I don’t see any other comment of yours held up for moderation…

  131. manish

    pls solve anyone my problem few days back using cmd for me wifi is working fine but yesterday onwards when i tried to on wifi in cmd i got this type of error message in cmd “The hosted network couldn’t not started A device attached to the system is not functioning” every option is enable only but still i got this message

  132. sapna

    Hi, I could create hotspot on my laptop nd could even connect my phone to that hotspot like you have explained on the other link, my wifi signals are full on phone, bt the biggest or maybe silly problem im facing is–that not a single page is opening, the pages or anything on the browser is not displaying, else everything is done perfectly, creation, connection, only I cant browse anything, why could it be so, pls reply asap, thank you

  133. Johnny

    Please help. Mine says “the hosted network couldn’t be started. The wireless local area network interface is powered down and doesn’t support the requested operation.” It says it is powered down. I have tried all the possible solutions I have seen here, I don’t seem to find one. Someone help please.

  134. Aslam Nawaz

    Thank you so much… I worked 100% for me….. and now enjoying wifi Hotspot …
    thanks buddy

  135. Krishna Sumanth

    in that case buddy follow fix 2

  136. Akshu aka Akshaya

    I cant enable it as there is not option to enble it when doing the right click

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