Wi-Fi Tethering is one of the amazing feature from windows. But while sharing Wi-Fi as a hot spot in windows system or while sharing your Ethernet connection over WiFi, sometimes we may accidentally disable our Wi-Fi and facing the error like The Hosted Network Couldn’t be Started while executing netsh wlan start hostednetwork command. Lets see how to fix it.

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Before you go checkout

There are multiple ways to fix this problem and let me share the 2 methods which solved the issue for me.

How To Steps:

Method 1 :

1. Open “Device Manager” and click on “View”-> “Show Hidden Devices”
2. Now navigate to “Network Adapters” and browse to “Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter”
3. Right click on it and choose “Enable”.
4. Now the hosted network is connected.

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Method 2 :

1. Go To Control Panel-> Select “System and Security”.

2. Then Select “Device Manager” under “System”. or Open Run Window and type devmgmt.msc and hit enter.

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3. Now “Device Manager” window will open. Select and expand the Network adapters from the list of devices.
4. Now Find your wireless network adapter and right-click on it and select “Properties”.

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Note :
If your Wi-Fi adapter is not listed in the device manager you might need to restart your computer. The below 2 next steps are not really required, what you need to do is to enable your device now.
5. Select the “Power Management” tab.
6. Make sure Under the “Power Management” tab, the following option is checked (enabled): “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power”. If not just enable it and click ok. Now restart your PC and try sharing your Wi-Fi. In most cases this steps will fix the problem.

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That’s it.

  • Friend

    Yeah and if all this doesnt work (like it didnt for me) there is an extreme way around. You need to manually uninstall all network drivers (even the hidden ones). Then restart your pc and hope they reinstall automatically. For me it didint. Had to go to a different computer (cause this one no longer had internet) and search manually for correct drivers, But hey, after 3 hours of work and searching, now everything works. Good luck.

  • MMuxtar

    Very thanks, 1st method working 100%

  • ali

    thanks, after enable Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter, my problem fixed

  • Ashok Sharma

    hi ashok nice tut but when ever i try to share my connection it is disallowed, I am not able to do so, I am using airtel broadband connection from home using PPPOE any help will be appreciated.
    I want to connect my windows mobile to internet using my broadband connection on my Laptop

    without delay response ASAP, I am really tired searching for solution

  • me

    Hi thanks, method 1 worked for me. I enable Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter

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