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While enabling hotspot in Windows 10/8.1/8/7, if you receive "The hosted network couldn't be started" error, then this article will help you to fix it.

Recently, we’ve shared you the fix, in case if you can’t enable Internet Connection Sharing (ICS). See, ICS is also the basic requirement to turn your Windows 10 into personal hotspot. By creating hotspot on Windows 10, you’ll be able to share the network connection to other devices via secure or open protocol. Creating hotspot is also known as tethering and it is the process of starting hosted network.

Enable Hotspot On Windows 10

Though in Windows 10, you can easily enable hotspot from Settings appNetwork & Internet > Mobile hotspot. To turn on hotspot using Command Prompt, run this command:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid="HotspotName" key="password"

Here, you need to replace HotspotName with the any name of your choice. Other devices will be able to observe your created so called WiFi network with this name. Replace password with minimum 8-digit passcode.

Then run following command:

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

After executing this command, you’ll simply receive ‘The hosted network started‘ message. Else this will be displayed:

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 In Windows 10

If you’re facing this issue on your Windows, here’s how to fix it.

FIX : The Hosted Network Couldn’t Be Started In Windows 10/8.1/8/7

1. Press W8K + R and type devmgmt.msc in the Run, hit Enter key to open Device Manager snap-in.

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2. In the Device Manager window, right click on the network adapter your system is using and select Properties.

The Hosted Network Couldn't Be Started In Windows 10

3. On the property sheet, switch to Power Management tab, check the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power option. Click OK.

The Hosted Network Couldn't Be Started In Windows 10

Close the Device Manager and reboot. Retry to start the hosted network now and this time it should work fine without any error.

The Hosted Network Couldn't Be Started In Windows 10

Hope this helps!

If the issue still persists, run netsh wlan show hostednetwork command and notice the Hosted network status section. If it says Not available, it means your machine doesn’t have hotspot creation capabilities as the hardware required isn’t present.

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  • I did something different. I disabled the hosted network lan adapter and it DISAPPEARED FROM THE LISTING.

    I followed some instructions on how to reveal it in the device manager but I could not find it, and I found a few other adapter devices that were disabled.

    I started deleting those too to see if it would help.

    I still have WiFi and Ethernet thankfully, but I STILL can’t find the extra LAN adapter I used to have for the hosted network.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ In Device Manager, click Action > Scan for hardware changes to automatically detect the driver.

  • I had a different experience. When I went to DevManger I found that the Microsoft hosted Network Virtual Adapter was disabled . Enabling it fixed the problem.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Thanks for sharing this 😊 Glad the issue is resolved!

  • MarekJP, thank you very much, you solved my problem.
    As MarekJP said, to solve the “The hosted network couldn’t be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.” problem,
    go to Device Manger and enable Microsoft hosted Network Virtual Adapter.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ That’s great, thanks for confirming 😎

  • Hi! So since the Hosted network status section says Not available, does that mean there is absolutely no way I can set up a hotspot on my laptop?
    Thanks :)

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Yeah, that’s true! The only way is that you need to get another machine with hosting network capabilities.

  • Hi, i hope these request finds you well.

    1. In the Device Manager window,when i right click on the network adapter that my system is using and select Properties, Power Management tab is not there.
    2. After i run netsh wlan show hostednetwork command, Hosted network status section is still Not available.
    So, what shall i do to get my pc hotspot cabability.

  • Hi Kapil, I couldn’t get the power management option when I right clicked the network adapter. is there anything I can do?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ It might be possible that your network adapter doesn’t supports suspended mode power saving.

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