Microsoft Network Hosted Virtual Adapter Driver uninstalled RRS feed

  • Question

  • The other day I went to start up my VPN Virtual AP for my Chromecast and iPad to connect to via my Windows 10 Machine using the following commands (have done this several times before and it has worked fine):

    netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=NETWORKNAME key=PASSWORD
    netsh wlan start hostednetwork

    But to my nasty surprise, I was responded with:

    The hosted network couldn’t be started. 
    The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.

    Now I've looked everywhere online for a solution to my problem here. The underlying issue appears to be that my Microsoft Network Hosted Virtual Adapter Driver is missing in Device Manager (when showing hidden drivers). This appears to be a result of an update to my WLAN Adapter (Will list spec at end). Here are the following things I have tried:

    1. Looked for Microsoft Network Hosted Virtual Adapter Driver in Device Manager as a Hidden device - Not there.
    2. Disabled WLAN Adapter and Enabled to refresh drivers
    3. Scanned for Hardware changed in DM
    4. Tried rolling back WLAN Adapter to oldest version - 09/2015
    5. Updated WLAN Adapter to latest version - 23/08/2016
    6. Searched the Lenovo website for their default WLAN Adapter driver, downloaded and installed - but was the same one I had as my updated version
    7. Looked for older editions of the adapter, but they either installed but didn't have the Network Hosted Virtual Adapter, or weren't compatible with my machine.
    8. Restarted my machine after every change made to the network adapters
    9. Uninstalled LAN Adapter and reinstalled.

    What I've read is that some of the new WLAN Adapters have stopped including the Network Hosted Virtual Adapter in their installation package. Not sure how true this is but it would explain the sudden uninstallation of it.

    I think that's pretty much everything. Any help or suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

    Machine Model: Lenovo 100-15IBD

    WLAN Network Driver: Realtek PCI-E Wireless LAN Driver version 2023.37.0616.2016

    Tuesday, September 6, 2016 1:40 PM

All replies

  • If this is a Lenovo laptop - they have their own utility to set up hosted network (at least in Win8.1, don't know about 10). Try to ask on Lenovo forums.

    Otherwise... the Hosted virtual adapter driver belongs to Windows, not to vendor wi-fi drivers. 

    Final thought: whenever you say "Windows 10" always mention the exact version.



    On my win 8.1 laptop, it is called "Lenovo Settings" and  hosted network setup is in "Wireless and Network" section  (yes, bundled crapware...)

    • Edited by Pavel A Tuesday, September 6, 2016 7:51 PM
    Tuesday, September 6, 2016 3:21 PM
  • Thanks for the reply. I'll need to check what particular version of Windows 10 I am using when I get home.

    I have searched but unable to find a Lenovo utility that can be used to create a WiFi hotspot to use a VPN connection. I have downloaded several pieces of software which are meant to assist with this but have failed with everyone one, assuming this is down to the WLAN Adapter not supporting hosted networks. 

    Any other solutions as to how I might be able to get the Virtual Hosted Network driver back?

    Tuesday, September 6, 2016 4:27 PM