Windows Virtual Router could not be started problem

Jan 03 2012 Published by under Computer

I tried many ways to solve this problems, non of them works. Until I found this solution.
Two steps required. Before moving on, please make sure your system is Windows 7.

Step 1:
Download and install the newest driver for your wifi from here (32 bit, 64 bit) (Very important).


Step 2:
Click start, enter “cmd”, press “ctrl + shift + enter”. This allows you to open DOS under admin.
Copy paste following two commands into cmd, one by one.

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Test key=password
netsh wlan start hostednetwork

Step 3:
Now launch your virtual router, it should work well.

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22 responses so far

  • Alvin B. says:

    Tried it. Says “The Hosted Network Couldn’t Be Started” at the command prompt.

    • Anshul says:

      If you are receiving that kind of message. you can update the driver/s of the wireless card of your computer. Follow the instructions below to try resolve the problem.
      1. Access ‘Network and Sharing Center’ and click on ‘Change Adapter Settings’ on the left hand side of the window.

      It will typically show all the available network connection on your computer.
      You should see ‘Wireless Network Connection’ and ‘Wireless Network Connection 2′
      2. Right-Click on ‘Wireless Network Connection’ and click on Properties. If you see any message, just click on ‘YES
      3. On the properties windows, click on ‘Configure’ button. And it will show you the ‘network adapter properties’.
      4. Click on the ‘Driver’ and click on ‘Update Driver’. A pop-up windows will appear which is the Update Driver screen.
      5. Select ‘ Search Automatically for Updated Driver Software’ . Note: you need to be connected to the internet
      6. Wait for the update to finish.
      7. After it completed the SoftwarUpdate just close all the window by clicking on the ‘OK’ button on each window.
      8. Right-Click on ‘Wireless Connection 2′ which has a Microsoft Virtual WIFI Miniport indicated below it. And click on Properties.
      9. Follow the same steps again(step 3-7).
      10.Open the Command Prompt again and type – in ‘netsh wlan start hostednetwork’ and that you successfully activate your virtual WIFI.

      To share your computer internet connection to the virtual WIFI.
      1. Go to ‘Network and Sharing Center’ again
      2. Access again ‘Network and Sharing Center’ and click on ‘Change Adapter Settings’ on the left hand side of the window.

      Now, Note that the internet connection depends on how your computer is connected to the internet or how your computer is getting internet…example: LAN (thru cable), USB Modem, WIFI.

      So for example, my computer is connected thru cable or Local Area Connection.

      3. Right-Click on ‘Local Area Connection’ and then select ‘properties’. If you see any message, just click ‘YES’
      4. On the properties screen, click on ‘Sharing’ tab.
      5.Select ‘ Allow other network users to connect through this ccmputer’s internet connection.
      (Just in case that you have a drop-down option, select ‘special hosted
      6. And click ‘OK’
      7. Wait for about 3-4 mins for all changes to take effect.

      After finishing all the steps, you should be able now to share the internet connection of your computer to any wireless enabled devices.

      Hope this instruction will work for you.

  • Calz says:

    I’ve download and follow your instruction above.
    But when I type ‘ netsh wlan start hostednetwork ‘ , the system replied,” the hosted network couldn’t be started. A device attached to the system is not functioning” …
    What to do? > _ <""

    • Anshul says:

      most probably the drivers are not properly installed… Haven’t seen this problem. Would let you know the solution as soon as I find one.

  • Hao says:

    Hi. For my laptop appears also “virtual router could not be started”…. i am using laptop acer aspire 4736G bought year 2010… i try the suggested solution but not working… i also download others wifi-sharing applications but my laptop still can create a wireless internet connection..
    is it something wrong with my laptop wireless card/driver ? thanks~

    • Hao says:

      i also download others wifi-sharing applications but my laptop still CANT* create a wireless internet connection..

      • Anshul says:

        this one solved my problem long time back when i tried… but let us see what you are facing.
        First of all are you able to connect to internet via LAN cable or using wifi router?
        If no, open command prompt and write ipconfig /all.
        If it shows media disconnected do the following:
        Go to your router settings page, there would be a hidden check-box (i am sorry, i forgot the exact name) but it would be setting up an empty access list for the wireless capability. If this is checked, you would only SEE the wireless signal, but not obtain access to it. Uncheck it.
        I just hope it solves your problem

        • megha says:

          hey.. i am having d same problem. tried everything stated here.. cant get rid of the problem yet.
          in th above post u mentioned”go to ur router settings page……….uncheck it.”
          how to do that?? can u please elaborate the steps!

  • zahed says:

    Worked fine for me ..Thanks a stack

  • Anonymous says:

    the problem, “a device attached is not functioning”
    may occur if the wifi is switched off
    restarting wifi may solve it

  • heyman says:

    i am having the same problems mate. Now, while I have connectify- upon restart of laptop everything works fine. But once hibernation or similar kicks in, I am prompted with the “hosted network” dialogues and unable to connect.

    I tried the netsh commands, with and without connectify- did not make difference. CMD: “…A device attached to the system is not functioning”

    Reinstalled new drivers – nothing. Router is already unchecked for wireless since I have LAN.

    If I restart laptop all is well. But am attempting to circumvent this process.

    Any assistance will be appreciated.

  • mehmood says:

    hello, i have the same problem. when i type “netsh wlan start hostednetwork” it reply, the hostednetwork could not b started. the group of resource is not in the current state to perform the requested operation.

    what can i do about that. plz tell me dear . and 1 more thing when i install virtual router software it doesnt make wireless network connection 2.

  • mary says:

    hi. I think I found the solution to my problem reading everyone elses problems!
    will get back and ask for help if it doesn’t work.

    great work though. glad there are ppl like u out there

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