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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 1:33 PM

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  • Hi ,

    Based on your description, I understand that you are trying to create a WiFi Hotspot Using the Command Prompt. To create a WiFi Hotspot Using the Command Prompt, we need verify whether your computer support hosted networks at first.
    We could use “netsh wlan show drivers” command to verify it. In the output Hosted network supported :Yes means that your computer supports hosted networks. Verify this.

    Please check the following link for detailed information about “How to Create a WiFi Hotspot Using the Command Prompt”
    http://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-WiFi-Hotspot-Using-the-Command-Prompt
    NOTE: This response contains a reference to a third party World Wide Web site. Microsoft is providing this information as a convenience to you. Microsoft does not control these sites and has not tested any software or information found on these sites.

    Best regards


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    Wednesday, September 7, 2016 6:02 AM
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  • It doesn't support it, that's the problem, but before it did. 

    I corrected the issue by rolling back to the previous version of Windows 10. For some reason the update removed the driver!! Why?!

    Wednesday, September 7, 2016 8:47 AM
  • Hi ,

    Good to hear that rolling back to the previous version of Windows 10 is worked for you. Based on your description, I think it might be caused by driver updating. Considering it works for you now, please refer to the following link to temporarily prevent a driver update to have a try.
    How to temporarily prevent a driver update from reinstalling in Windows 10
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3073930

    Best regards


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    Friday, September 9, 2016 9:35 AM
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