Netsh wlan start hostednetwork, The hosted network couldn’t be started.


While trying to share my wifi connection, the error "The hosted network couldn't be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation." happened and I wanted to share how to solve this issue.
The problem comes from the adapter that can be in "sleep mode".
As explained in the KB (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2625519), follow this instructions : 
  1. Click on the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Select System and Security.
  3. Select Device Manager under System.
  4. Select and expand the Network adapters from the list of devices.
  5. Find the wireless network adapter and right-click on it and select Properties.
    > If you cannot find your adapter in the device manager you might need to restart your computer.
    > The 2 next steps are not really required, what you need to do now is to enable your device
  6. Select the Power Management tab.
  7. Under the Power Management tab, make sure the following option is checked (enabled): “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power“.
You should now be able to restart your hosted network using the classical wlan command.
"PS C:\Windows\system32> netsh wlan start hostednetwork
The hosted network started."
Hope this helps.
Linvi
Comments (78)

  1. fatche says:

    indeed it worked. asante sana rafiki

  2. DennyB says:

    the required box was already checked.

  3. Al Rivera says:

    Great it worked!!!

  4. febri says:

    thankz guysssss…….

  5. jaim iv says:

    funciona gracias

  6. Saven la petasse says:

    already checked

  7. lucian says:

    it work now but i still dont have internet acces on my smartphone!

  8. alex says:

    Does not work. If the checkbox is already checked…..then this is not a solution.

    Thanks anyway!

  9. Venkat M says:

    Select the properties of wireless hosted network and enable it.

  10. rashid.abed@gmail.com says:

    it still does not work and when i went to powermanagement that was already checked

  11. Kiran says:

    it worked thanks:)

  12. Karan Sharma says:

    This hostednetwork drops connection in every few minutes. I have checked all the above said settings and its same but still i am facing this same problem. Kindly provide me the solution.

    Thanks….

    k13projects@gmail.com

  13. vaibhav says:

    Try this…………

    1. Go to device manager.

    2. Click on view and press on "show hidden devices".

    3. Go down to the list of devices and expand the node "Network Devices" .

    4. Find an adapter with the name "Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter" and then right click on it.

    5. Select Enable

    6. This will enable the AdHoc created connection, it should appear in the network connections in Network and Sharing Center, if the AdHoc network connection is not appear then open elevated command prompt and apply this command "netsh wlan stop hostednetwork" without quotations.

    7. After this, the connection should appear.

  14. Tapesh says:

    Million thnks Vaibhav, it workd fr me!

  15. VJ says:

    I love u vaibhav :))

    you safe me πŸ™‚

    thx a lot πŸ™‚

  16. Sagar says:

    I have done the same setting Vaibhav, still not working for me πŸ™

  17. Vinod says:

    Thanks

    It worked for me πŸ™‚

  18. smartvmp says:

    really helped me thanx lot

  19. rob says:

    ON my Win7 Embedded,  the Show hidden does NOT show Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter- how do we fix it?

  20. Rehan says:

    it really helped

    thanks

  21. allah akbar says:

    thx man xD

  22. anjali says:

    C:Windowssystem32>netsh wlan start hostednetwork

    The hosted network couldn't be started.

    A device attached to the system is not functioning.

    Still the same error. I have been here trying so much for this one thing. but nothing..pls help

  23. jeremiah says:

    hello! mine also. still like this:

    "The hosted network couldn't be started.

    A device attached to the system is not functioning."

    i tried doing  the "Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter" but when i checked it is already enabled.. /// please help/ thank you sir

  24. lunateec says:

    Thank you, vaibhav!

  25. Joao Correia says:

    This doesn't worked for me. My "Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter" was disabled. After enabled all work well

  26. Danish says:

    It doesn't worked for me too. "Microsoft hosted network virtual adapter" not found in Device manager

  27. satnam says:

    thank you so much vaibhav. it worked for me

  28. pccopat says:

    thanks so much

  29. Harit says:

    ttthhhhhnnxxxxxxssssss…IT WORKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Vinii SKillaz says:

    Waoh it worked' now am enjoying it>>> asante sana

  31. firoz says:

    In my system Microsoft hosted network virtual adapter is not showing please help me.

  32. Aasiya salim says:

    waw it's worked

  33. C says:

    Thanx a ton Vaibhav

  34. bfmerced says:

    Try to turn on your wifi on, and follow the steps again. LOL

  35. Mark Turnbull says:

    That was it, I forgot I turned it off when I was attempting to use my phone as the provider rather than the PC. Thanks!

  36. pradeep says:

    thank you so much vaibhav it helped me solve the issue with the adhoc network

  37. ramesh says:

    how to remove hosted network?

    please help to me.

  38. utms says:

    Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter is not visible, can any one help to provide driver download link

  39. Sheeraz03@outlook.com says:

    did not worked for me on Windows 8 Dell n4050

  40. burnazz says:

    not worked for me, all my network devices already enabled and all power management already checked

  41. Kiw says:

    my PC not show "Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter". How fix? I reinstall divers but not see.

  42. g says:

    thanks a lot vaibhav it worked…

  43. santosh says:

    Tons of Thanks to all  of you …Special thanks to vaibhav

  44. mjsl says:

    go to device maneger-> wirless adapeter-> properties-> advanced tab-set Qos adhoc mode enabled

  45. Sarfaraz Dudhani says:

    Great this worked for me. Thanks

  46. nishu says:

    Currently, this hardware device is not connected to the computer. (Code 45) getting this error

  47. tushar says:

    thank you so much it works but i still cant access internet connection on my mobile

  48. kalpa says:

    HOW TO FIX THIS ERROR

    The hosted network couldn't be started.

    A device attached to the system is not functioning

  49. arjun says:

    just follow  d steps by vaibhav it really works@kalpa

  50. DJouss says:

    Thnx u r the best

  51. drew says:

    thank You. enabling the hidden device Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter worked

  52. shivam says:

    all try all method but error continues showing

  53. ankit says:

    thanks

  54. Ankit_24 says:

    how to access shared internet in window 8 OS . when i try to to connect in win 8 OS it's show limited access and internet dos't access but shared internet access through win 7 OS . please solve problem for win 8 os

  55. chetan says:

    thank you mjsl..mine was disabled..hostednetwork started..cant thankyou enough..but my android phone not connecing to it..stuck at obtaining ip address..

  56. raj says:

    how fix when <netsh wlan show drivers> shows hosted network supported :no

  57. rajeev says:

    arey yaar blutooth on karke ye sub kaam karo,yahi wo device hai jo tum band karke command prompt me command daaltey ho,tabhi to bataataa he"A device attached to the system is not functioning" best regards to all…. it will definitly work..:)

  58. umar says:

    works, thanks

  59. tinkerbell says:

    disabling then enabling wireless network adapter under network adapters in device manager solved my problem. it brought ms virtual wifi miniport adapter back

  60. DeViL says:

    Guys…if this error comes during hosting wlan hostednetwork i.e a device attacted to the system is not functioning then first off your bluetooth device and then try hosting again.

    again if it doesn't work then goto device manager…network adapter…check out microsoft hosted network virtual adapter is enable or not. if it is not showing in the list at top click view…then you can see microsoft virtual adapter and enable it and then restart it.

    somes times due to firewall hostednetwork could not get start, in that case turn it off and try….hosting

  61. Rowan says:

    The key piece of information missing in all of this is that the pc WiFi has to be turned on. On windows 8.1 there seems to be a difference between Disable/Enable and On/Off.  My wifi adapter was Enabled in control panel, but was Off in the gui.  Turning in on and disconnecting from any Wifi caused the "start hostednetwork" to work.

  62. Afzal says:

    @tinkerbell The solution you provided worked for me. Thanks a lot

  63. Cs says:

    Thanks, it worked.

    (The problem was caused (presumably) by that I have clicked (erroneously) on the disable button in the network status dialog box in the control panel to stop the connection. This however had a persistent effect even after computer restart. Now I use the command line.)

  64. AIQ says:

    C:Windowssystem32>netsh wlan start hostednetwork

    THE HOSTED NETWORK COULDN'T STARTED. THIS WIRELESS LOCAL AREA NETWORK INTERFACE IS POWER DOWN AND DOESN'T SUPPORT THE REQUESTED OPERATION

    pls solve this problem

  65. D says:

    after the command "netsh wlan start hostednetwork" it throws error as

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

    how can I solve this ?

  66. D says:

    The hosted network couldn't be started.

    A device attached to the system is not functioning

    any idea on solving this?

  67. Rene says:

    I'm running Windows 7 and I also got the message ''a device attached to the system is not functioning''.  

    This is what worked for me : go to device manager and uninstall your wireless LAN adapter.

    Then reboot and your sysytem will automatically install the driver again.

    Then do ''netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow'' and after that ''netsh wlan start hostednetwork''.

    Good luck!

  68. Nikitha says:

    I got connected to the network but can't access the internet.

  69. Sandeep says:

    I had the same problem, and then I turned on the Bluetooth connection and it started working

  70. Girish says:

    thank u vaibhav it really worked ……..

    "the group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation windows 10 while trying to create wifi hotspot" and sol was

    "1. Go to device manager.

    2. Click on view and press on "show hidden devices".

    3. Go down to the list of devices and expand the node "Network Devices" .

    4. Find an adapter with the name "Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter" and then right click on it.

    5. Select Enable

    6. This will enable the AdHoc created connection, it should appear in the network connections in Network and Sharing Center, if the AdHoc network connection is not appear then open elevated command prompt and apply this command "netsh wlan stop hostednetwork" without quotations.

    7. After this, the connection should appear."

  71. Ionut says:

    Hi Girish

    I tried what you suggested, but I can't find "Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter" (even if I Show the hidden devices) What else can I do? I have an Asus R501V…

  72. surya says:

    I find the "Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual adapter", but enable option is not there. And showing below error in properties "Currently, this hardware device is not connected to the computer. (Code 45)"

  73. Ramu says:

    Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter is not showing in device manager. I tried to enable the option in the view tab of hidden folders visibility option. But still no use

  74. pradeep says:

    im gettin an error showing the hosted netwok culdnt be started. the wireless local area network interface is powerdown.please help

  75. Prabhakar says:

    I'm still getting this message

    The hosted network could'nt be started

    A device attached to this system is not functioning