Error "Could not start hosted network" in Windows 10


If you are setting up a network hosted on your computer from the System Symbol, you may get the error “Could not start the hosted network” in the System Symbol window. The hosted network is a feature of Windows 10. with which it is possible to create an access point, a “virtual WiFi”. If you get this error message, it could be due to corrupted files on the WiFi controller or old / incompatible WiFi driver installed on your system. Updating the driver can fix the problem you are facing. Follow these solutions to fix your problem, but before proceeding to the solutions, try these quick fixes that will surely help you.

Initial provisional solutions

1. Restart computer and after restarting check if you can start a hosted network or not.
2. Check if you are running the command in System symbol with administrative rights. To open the Search command message "cmd"From Cortana and click"Run as administrator“In the right half of the window.

If you keep getting the error "Could not start the hosted network", try these solutions:

Fix-1 Update WiFI Network Driver-

Your computer cannot boot the hosted network could be because an old / incompatible version of a network driver may be installed on your computer. Updating the WiFi driver can fix the problem. Follow these steps to update your WiFi-

1. To open the run window, you have to press'Tasto Windows + R'.

2. Now you will have to type "devmgmt.msc”To Device administrator and then press Log in.


3. In the Device Administrator window, search for "Network adapters“From the list, click on it to expand it.

4. Now, from the drop-down menu select the driver you are using. The right mouse button on it and click "Update Driver".


5. For the next step, you will need to select the “Automatically search for updated driver software” option.



In case you notice a message "The best drivers for your device are already installed.". Then click on "Search for updated drivers in Windows Update".

You will have your driver installed along with Windows update.


Restart your computer.

Open Window system symbol as administrator and try to run the same command. If the problem persists, look for the next solution.

Fix-2 Enable Microsoft Hosted Virtual Network Adapter-

It is possible that the Virtual Network Adapter file hosted by Microsoft Driver is disabled on your computer. To allow you to follow these simple steps:

1. Press Tasto Windows + S and write "Device administrator".

2. Then click on "Device administratorWhich will appear in the search result.


3. Click on 'View"from Device administrator.

4. Then click on "Show hidden device".


5. Expand “Network adapters"Y the right mouse button in "Microsoft hosted virtual network adapter driver"A down arrow will appear next to the name, so click"Enable device".


Restart your computer and after reboot open the System Symbol window and check if you have the same problem or not. Go to the next solution if you still have the same problem.

Fix-3 Adjust power saving settings-

All devices in the system have a power management feature that allows the computer to shut down to save power. You can prevent the computer from turning off the device to save power.

1. First, press the button Tasto Windows + S and then start typing "devmgmt".

2. Then click on "Device administrator“Which appears in elevated search results.


3. In the Device Administrator window, search for "Network adapters“From the list, click on it to expand it.

4. Now from the drop down menu double click in the controller you are using.


5. Now go to "Energy managementEyelash ".

6. Hence, deselect the option "Allow the computer to turn off the device to save power ".

7. Click on 'ok“To save the changes for the controller.


Restart your computer and see if you can create a hosted network without further errors.

Go to the next solution where we will uninstall and reinstall your WiFi controller to clear any damaged files that may be present on your WiFi controller.

Fix-4 Uninstall and reinstall the WiFi driver

Your WiFi may contain some old / corrupted temp files in the drivers folder. Uninstalling and reinstalling the driver may solve the problem.

1. Pressing the button Tasto Windows + R the keys will open the file run window.

2. In the running window, type "devmgmt.msc"And click"ok".


3. In the Device administrator utility window, you will have many devices as a list.

4. Discover the "Network cardAnd click on it and it will expand to show the available drivers.

5. Hence, the right mouse button on him Wi-Fi driver you are using, click on "Uninstall device". This will uninstall the driver.


In the next process, install the WiFi driver still-

Process 1-

Simply restarting the system will reinstall the driver.

Process 2-

If the above method didn't work, continue installing the driver manually-

1. In the Device Administrator window, click "Action".

2 Then click "Check for hardware changes".


This will find the uninstalled driver and install it again.

Method 3-

If method 2 did not install the driver, do the following:

1. Click on 'View“Device Administrator.

2. Next, click on “Show hidden device".


2. This will display the file hidden drivers.

Find the name of your WiFi controller.

3. Right click on the WiFi controller and click the "Update the driver software".


4. Click on the option "Automatically searches for updated driver software".


4. Wait while Windows searches for a compatible driver for your WiFi controller, download and install it.

Near Device Administrator window.

Restart your computer to save the changes.

Check if you are facing the same problem again or not.

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