The hosted network couldn’t be started” error may occur when you set up WiFi hotspot via command prompt.  The issue is very likely due to your WiFi network adapter. But no worry! We’ve got the answer for you. In this post, we will be showing you the tried-and-true methods to fix “The hosted network couldn’t be started” error on Windows 10. Read along please.

Method 1. Enable Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter 

Press Windows key + X key together to open quick-access menu.
Click Device Manager to open it.

Click View icon and tick on Show hidden devices.

Find and expand Network adapters dialog.
Then right-click on Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter to choose Enable device.

Now set your WiFi hotspot again to see if the error has been fixed.

Method 2. Check your wireless network adapter 

Follow step 1 in Method 1 to open Device Manager.

Find and expand Network adapters dialog.
Then right-click on your wireless network adapter to choose Properties.

View on Power Management pane.
Make sure Allow the comoputer to turn off this device to save power is unchecked and click OK to save settings.

If unluckily, neither method 1 nor method 2 helps you fix the error, it’s advise that update your WiFi driver with Method 3.

Method 3. Update your WiFi driver

Follow the step 1 & 2 to right-click on your wireless network adapter in Device Manager.
Then choose Update driver.

Click Search automatically for updated driver software.

Now Microsoft will detect the update for you automatically.

However, for some reasons Microsoft cannot always find the update for you. Thus if you receive the message: The best driver software for your device is already installed, please choose other methods to update the driver.

As for other methods, you can choose to download the latest driver from the manufacturer’s website manually. Or let Driver Easy help you.

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After updating your driver, reboot Windows 10 to make the new driver take effect. Set your WiFi hotspot again to see if it works.

That’s all there is to it. 

Any questions please feel free to let we know via the comment below, thanks.

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