Netsh wlan hostednetwork | The hosted network could not be started

Sometimes while trying to make the hotspot in windows 7 or windows 8 everything goes fine except the part when one tries to start the hosted network using the command “netsh wlan start hostednetwork“, I previously wrote a guide on how to make a hotspot for sharing your internet connection in windows 8 or windows 7; many people are having the problem for starting the hotspot using the start command in cmd and are getting errors like “The hostednetwork could not be started“. There is some other error reported as well, telling users that Wi-Fi authentication didn’t happen which has been covered here.

The hosted network could not be started

Error “Hosted Network Could not be Started” while trying to start hosted wlan network:

Following error can occur in CMD when one tries to start the wlan hostednetwork. If you got any one of those then the solution for such kind of errors has been posted below in the second heading.

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

The hosted network could not be started – Any error containing this line can be resolved with the following solution

The above errors can easily be resolved using the following solution.

Solving: “Hosted network could not be started” using “netsh wlan start hostednetwork”:

There is a pretty straight forward solution for this problem. This happens because of the adapter when it is in the sleep mode, also it can be an uninvited problem which can easily be resolved by uninstalling the adapter and then reinstalling it.

  • Right click the “My Computer” icon at the desktop and then open “properties“. In the left pane open “Device Manager“.
  • In device manager go to the “network adapters” and find your Wireless adapter there, I am supposing here that you want to make a wifi hotspot for the internet connection sharing to a wifi enabled device.
  • Right click on the wireless adapter (there must be wifi adapter word in the wireless adapter’s name) and open “properties“.
  • Go to the power management tab and make it sure that you have selected the option “Allow this device to wake up the computer” also tick “Allow the computer to turn of this device to save power” then hit ok. Save the settings and get out.

Power Management in Wifi Adapter

  • Try to start your hosted network in cmd by typing “netsh wlan start hostednetwork” if this time it starts then the solution worked but in other case if you still get the same error keep on reading.

Second solution to resolve “The hosted network could not be started”:

Again navigate to the wifi adapter in the device manager. Right click your wifi adapter under network adapters and this time click on “uninstall“. This is going to uninstall your wifi adapter driver. After you have uninstalled the driver click on the “Scan for new hardware changes” at the top pane below the file, look into the below screen shot if you can’t find the button for scanning for new hardware:

Scan for new devices in device manager

Click on the button “Scan for hardware changes” and it will reinstall your driver for the wifi adapter.

After the wifi adapter has been uninstalled and reinstalled now again start the wlan hosted network or the wifi hotspot using the command “netsh wlan start hostednetwork” this time it will start.

Update: Solve Wifi Authentication Problem on Your Device:

Some users reported us an issue of Wi-Fi authentication problem, this can be solved. Make sure you read this article.

Methods to solve Wi-Fi Authentication Problem


    • Hi, I did everything in the other page, how to set it up, but then it said the group or resource… operation . Then I did what you told me to do on this page but i couldn’t find the wifi adapter in the device manager

  • thanks in the first place but none of the two steps worked for me…I,m using
    »HP Pavilion dv6-7043cl Entertainment Notebook PC
    Serial Number: 4CB2251HB7
    with WINDOWS 8

    • I have the same problems with a HP Elite notebook 2740P. I have got a feeling that the wifi is switched off internally when there is a lan connection (wired connection).

      Using the wifi button to switch the wifi on or off doens’t help.
      Yes I have got sharing on, and yes I have powering off checked.

      Did you manage to resolve your problem?


      • bro its not working in hp…but you can enable ur network by clicking right click.after enable you can start ur network in cmd :D….

    • Look for Microsoft Virtual Host under network adapters in device management ….it may be disabled, try to enable it and that should work.

  • After completing all the steps in Windows 8, I do not see the new hotspot created in the sharing list of the network that I want to share. A value “WiFi” appears which cannot be updated.

  • Hello sir i have tried both the methods but am still getting the same error after typing the command “netsh wlan start hostednetwork” …Pls help me..