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 

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

2)Click View icon and tick on Show hidden devices.

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

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

Method 2. Check your wireless network adapter 

1)Follow step 1 in Method 1 to open Device Manager.

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

3)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

It is very important to update your WiFi drivers, because the wrong or outdated drivers may cause problems.

There are two ways you can update your driver: manually and automatically (Recommend).

Option 1 – Manually

1) Follow step 1 in Method 1 to open Device Manager.

2) Find and expand the Network adapters. Right-click on your wireless network adapter in Device Manager.
Then choose Update driver.

3) Click Search automatically for updated driver software.

Now Microsoft will detect the update for you automatically.

However, for some reason, Microsoft cannot always find the update for you. If you receive the message: The best driver software for your device is already installed, please try the next method to update the driver.

Option 2 – Automatically

This is the quickest and easiest option. It’s all done with just a couple of mouse clicks – easy even if you’re a computer newbie.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
  3. Click the Update button next to the flagged driver to automatically download the correct version of that driver, then you can manually install it (you can do this with the FREE version). 
    Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and a 30-day money back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)   
The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support.
If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at

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

Did you solve the problem? Which method worked for you? Feel free to comment below to share with your own experiences and let me know if you have any question.

15 people found this helpful