Pressed Windows + R, typed in cmd, in the command prompt enter “netsh wlan start hosted network”, took your smartphone, scanning for available hotspots, but cannot find your WiFi hotspot, goes back to the command prompt window and sees the error message ” the hosted network couldn’t be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.” error. Looking for a fix? Here is how to do it.
Microsoft added the Wireless Hosted Network feature with the release of Windows 7 OS, and it is being continued in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 as well. This feature allows you to turn your Windows system into a hotspot for sharing your PC’s data connection with other WiFi-enabled devices. This is one of the easiest methods to turn your PC into a WiFi hotspot without using any third-party hotspot software.
Now to turn on the Wireless hosted network all you have to do is enter “netsh wlan start hostednetwork” command and hit enter after creating a new hosted network. Most of the time, you will see “the hosted network started message”, but at times you may end up with a “the hosted network couldn’t be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.” error message, which means the hosted network cannot be started due to technical reasons.
The “the hosted network couldn’t be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation” error can occur because you haven’t turned on your Wireless adapter or if you have disabled the Microsoft virtual network adapter. It can also occur due to the misconfiguration in network adapter settings.
I have had this error several times, because of several reasons. So, here is all the fixes that I came across while solving the ” the hosted network couldn’t be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.” error.
Note: The error is exactly the same on all the versions of Windows including Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. For this tutorial, I will be using Windows 10, but the steps are similar for all the Windows versions.
Fix the hosted network couldn’t be started error
Fix 1: Turn on WiFi
If you are on a laptop, you may have a dedicated key on your keyboard to turn on and turn off WiFi and Bluetooth. At times while pressing other keys, you may accidentally press the WiFi key and disable or turn off a wireless adapter. So make sure that you have wireless connectivity turned on and try to start the hosted network.
Also, check if you have enabled the Airplane Mode. Try to disable it and try again if enabled.
Also, restart your PC once before attempting any other fixes as a temporary error can be resolved with a simple restart.
Fix 2: Enable Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter
The hosted network couldn’t be started error can also occur if the Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter has been disabled. To enable it, do the following.
1. Go to Control Panel – Open control panel by pressing Windows Key + R and type in control panel and hit enter. Alternatively, you can also open it from the Start, type in Control Panel and click on the icon to open it.
2. Click on Network and Internet and then click Network and Sharing Center. From the left pane click on Change adapter settings. Now click on Wireless Network Connection and select disable.
3. Now right-click on Wireless Network Connection again and select Enable. Once successfully enabled, open the device manager.
4. To open Device Manager, press Windows Key + R and type in devmgmt.msc and hit enter. You can also open it from Start, search for Device Manager and open it.
5. Scroll down and expand the Network adapters section. Right-click on Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter and enable it.
6. Close the device manager and open the command prompt. In the command prompt, type “netsh wlan start hostednetwork” and hit enter. Your hosted network should start successfully.
Note that, you may need to create a new hosted network before starting it. To create a new hosted network enter the following:
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Yourwifiname key=yourpassword
In the above command replace “yourwifiname” with any name and “yourpassword” with the password you want to set for a hosted network or WiFi hotspot.
To start the Hosted network, enter the following command:
neths wlan start hostednetwork
Fix 3: Change Settings in Power Management Tab
Open device manager. To do this press Windows Key + R, and type devmgmt.msc and hit enter. Or open device manager by searching for Start > search.
In the Device Manager window, expand the Network adapters section. From the list of devices, right-click on your wireless network adapter and select Properties.
Next, click on the Power Management tab and check the option saying “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power“.
Click OK to save the settings and close the “Device Manager”. Now reboot your PC and try to start the hosted network.
This should fix “the hosted network couldn’t be started” error in Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 PC.