WiFi Hotspot For Windows 8.1/8/7 using Command Prompt

Hi guys, Today I am going to show you how to create WiFi hotspot network without using any software’s within 2 minutes by using your command prompt in Windows 7 or Windows 8.1/8. In my previous articles, I showed you how to create a WiFi network on any windows PC or laptop using Connectify software. This method works well with all Windows versions 8/7/8.1. Windows 8 users just scroll down up to step 1.

If you using Windows 8.1 then you have two methods one is >> Create WiFi hotspot in Windows 8.1 Watch this video. You can follow the video method and the second method to turn on WiFi hotspot in Windows 8.1 is this article method.

Two methods are different. You can use any method in Windows 8.1 but for Windows 8 you should follow the article or other references given in the tutorial. If you don’t find the Internet Sharing option like in the below Video follow the below Command Prompt method or this Connectify method (this method is 100 percent perfect) for Windows 8.1. CMD method might not work some times.

This Command Prompt method is only for technical people like you. You may get some problems. I highly recommend the software procedure for everyone Where you can create a hotspot with few clicks. Most of the times you cannot access the internet in your mobiles using this method so my suggestion is to use this method. Anyway, you can give it a try for command prompt method. If you face any issues with this method try this one >>This is 1000% perfect to create a hotspot.

Step 1: To Create WiFi Hotspot in Windows 8,8.1, Windows 7 PC

First, you need to know that whether your PC hardware supports hotspot feature or not. To check this follow the instructions.

  • Open your command prompt in administrative mode(if you don’t know this post your comment I will tell you). Enter this command:::

netsh wlan show drivers

Create Wifi hotspot in windows 8.1If it shows “yes” as you can in the image you can create a WiFi hotspot in your PC. Go ahead you’re almost done. If it shows No you PC can’t create the hotspot. Don’t close your command prompt until I say close it because we need it again.

Step 2: To Create WiFi Hotspot Network in Windows Laptops

  • Enter the below command (your CMD must be open in administrative mode). Share to unlock the command.

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=www.FastTechBuzz.com key=FastTechBuzz

  • Hit enter then you will see like in below image.If you see the image like below then you’re doing right.Now your hotspot is activated on your PC.

Create hotspot networki in LaptopHere FastTechBuzz.com is your WiFi name and FastTechBuzz is your password. You can change your password if you want.

Step 3: To Create WiFi Hotspot in Windows 8,8.1/7 Computers

This is to switch on the created WiFi network Again Enter the below command.

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

Press Enter >> now you will see the command prompt as below. Now can close your CMD if you want. your hotspot is created you can see it on your other devices.

Create Hotspot using command prompt

Solutions for common WiFi Hotspot Errors in Windows 8.1/8:

  • If you are getting obtaining IP address in your TABLET or mobile (or)
  • Hosted Network couldn’t be started or Any other errors while creating hotspot please use the below method.
  • Create Hotspot in Windows with software

Step 4: Share Internet Connection in Windows 8/8.1/7

This is to share internet connection with other devices. For this

  • Click on windows button on your keyboard.
  • Then type Network and sharing as shown in below image
  • click on settings there highlighted with yellow then click on the red marked option.

Network and sharing windows 8.1
After clicking on that red marked option you will see a window then @Left side top CLICK ON CHANGE ADAPTER SETTINGS then you will see a window like below where you can see the created hotspot name with Local area connection 13.
share wifi hotspotNext, choose your presently using internet connection (Here I am connected to the internet using my BSNL modem) and right click on it and open properties >> then go sharing tab >>choose Local Area network under Home Networking condition as shown in below image click on OK.hotspot command
Then click OK.You are done.
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  • Thanks for the simple and smart tutorial. Helped me a lot. Keep it up 🙂

  • Hi,
    I have used to connect through command prompt and “MyPublicWifi” as well.
    By this I have setup-ed the hotspot and my mobile detected the device but the there is no data transfer occurred. I’m ensured that the step-4 done correctly. OS is Windows8 and the internet dongle is BSNL EVDO .
    Please help me to resolve this issue.

  • Hi, thanks for your tutorial, it works fine for me, but i have a question:
    is it possible to do, that WiFi hotspot runs automatically, every time when i turn on my PC? Thanks a lot.

    • I just created a shortcut and now i can run this cmd (netsh wlan start hostednetwork) with one click, i think it resolved my problem 🙂
      1. On your desktop press right button of your mouse and click new shortcut.
      2.Type “netsh wlan start hostednetwork” without quotes, click next when enter your name of shortcut and click finish.
      3.Right click on your shortcut, go to properties, click more and mark run as administrator, click ok>>aply>>ok.
      4.Thats it, now you can pin your shortcut to start page or task bar.
      Hope that this advice will help someone, good luck 🙂

  • it’s working 100% . . but it’s locked !!!! what is the password !!!!
    i tried to access the wifi from mobile .. it needs a password ! how can i know this password or how can i change it ! pleasssseee help me !!!

  • Hello

    This is Abdur Rehman from Lahore. Well the hotspot has been successfully created but when i try to share it following message gets appear.

    “Cannot enable shared access.
    Error 1061: The Service cannot accept control messages at this time”

    Need your help 🙁


  • this command used to work when i used win8.1 but after i downgraded to 8 it isnt working. the hotspot gets created but ders no internet access..!! when i checked it showed internet access through ipv4 connectivity but not through ipv6. what could i do??

  • Thank you very much…Finally its your blog that solved my PROBLEM.

  • Thank you

  • thanks… its working… is it possible on a domain locked pc.

  • type this command also after key type keyUsage=persistent

  • Hi! I am trying this at work but does not work. The work LAN is connected trough proxy. It is just trying to connect. In my mobile I can click on the wifi and choose to input proxy settings but nothing works. Any ideas?

  • i m not able to connect as its showing state not in condition to start also i have started this from begninng but still i m facing the problem

  • i am using a tata photon plus and i tried connectify but it tells me that sharing it is a pro only feature 🙁

  • my mob is asking for a password. its a secured hotspot. how do know the password.? if a need to create a new one how?
    please help

  • Thanks a lot for your easy tutorial. I created my lappy as a wifi router from the above easy steps and am able to see this network from my mobile as well. But I am stuck while connecting from my mobile. After entering my password s well “connect” button is getting enabled. I am using Win-8.1 in my lappy and android 4.0 ICS in my mobile. Please help me in this regard.

    In my mobile below options are showing:
    Signal strength- Excellent
    Security- WPA2PSK
    password- ********
    Show advance option—— 1. Proxy setting (none/manual) 2. IP settings (DHCP/Static)

    Cancel Connect
    But connect button is not enabled.

    • Hi Kunal. It’s better to use Connectify Software.

  • hello…..I have a problem
    I using sony laptop win7 and my friend using lenovo win8.1. my friend installed connectify hotspot in his laptop and i’m trying to connect to his hotspot and i’m not connecting to internet. The main problem is my friends laptops(dell,another lenovo) are connecting to hotspot.And my sony laptop only is not connecting to hotspot. can u tell me the solution.

    • You should install WiFi drivers.

  • HI,
    the procedure is simple and its working good.
    pls tell me how to change the name and password.

  • awesome it is working well thank you

  • sir how to open command prompt as admin? i tried normal command prompt but it shows as “you have to open the command prpt through admin”

    • Search for CMD in Windows Menu, Right click on command prompt then choose “run as Administrator”.

  • hi dear
    I opened command prompt but it show like this “C:\user\irfan.mohammed>
    how can I open windows system

  • I followed the steps and I can see full WiFi signal on my mobile. But some how when I try to access internet, it displays message: ‘This webpage is not available’. I am trying this for Windows 8 as hotspot on my Android mobile. The Wifi works absolutely fine when I use Mac as hotsopt. Can this be a Windows firewall issue? Please suggest.

  • how to change password

  • I am using lenovo G510 . i am using internet with i ball dongle. i am using iball soft ap hotspot software . it is start hotspot successfully. my phone is show the hotspot name but i connect then error is you can not access the internet from this connection..plz help me

  • Hi,

    The Tutorial was Great and it worked for me. But I am running the commands and starting the wifi hotspot everyday when I start my PC. Is there any ways to make the wifi hotspot permanently up and running when I start my windows.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Subhash C S

  • Hey! Thanks for giving such useful information to us. I did successful with all steps but I’m little bit confuse with it’s password. I’m not getting it. Please can you tell me the default password after following your steps.

  • Hi,

    Finally it worked . I found a youtube video by other guy . he missed important sequence of events.
    Thanks this is working.

  • hi..^^
    first of all thanks for this wonderful tutorial 🙂 I followed all the steps and it worked.
    But there were some problems, my android device can connect to the wifi but the connection was very slow. I cannot even load facebook news feed.
    When I turn off my wifi ON MOBILE and on again (the wifi hotspot on laptop was always on/started) , the wifi on device always failed to obtain IP address.. So i need to restart the wifi hotspot again.. This happened since I accidentally disable the wifi hotspot and I did re-enable it..
    I have no idea what happened.. Please help 🙁

  • Dear sir,
    I am using windows 8 in laptop..dell vostro 2520 ,when i opens setting and clicked change pc setting a new window appears…there does not contains the tab network….i am using reliance zte +….I checked in same window there i found devices, i also found the zte in that list but i was not able to open that……please help me…

  • when i connect my device hp slate 7 then it connects and then automatically disconnects after some time (after 20-30 seconds) and then again automatically connects. It does this again and again . Can’t have a constant connection Please Help ME

  • Thanks man!

  • error 765 while enable the sharing,please help to fix error

  • Thanks a lot bro 🙂

  • hey.. u r doing a great job.. m a real fan of urs… i wish i cud learn smthing from u..

  • I have created wifi hotspot using command prompt admin before.This worked for me successfully….
    But for last couple of days while entering “netsh wlan start hostednetwork ” it is giving me an error “the hosted network couldn’t be started.
    the wireless local area network interface is powered down and doesn’t support the requested operation”. Why am I getting this error suddenly? I need help..Please help me!!

  • hello thanks i have creted but how do i set password for my hotspot

  • Awesome tip Srinu. Simple and Hassle free and i dont have to download those lowsy softwares on the internet.. I created a batch file and and run it whenever i login to my PC.

    • Can you share that batch file with others too?

  • Thank you srinu Ipathy its working on Hp pavilion window 8 thank you so much

  • Thank you soon much bro good work helping others make men perfect

  • Thanks man.. You helped a lot. Its working like a charm. 🙂

  • I am working in a company, if I use the connection this way to get access of internet on my mobile, is there any possibility for them to track me down?

  • Woderful explanation

  • Hi I tried to connect to my hotspot on my laptop since I have windows 8 But I have no idea how to find it

  • hi, everything is good and fine except 1 thing, every time i open my laptop i have to create again and again the method you’ve teached in your tutorials, is there any way that it will be save so that every time i will open my laptop, i will not repeate the same method again and again? pls reply.. thanks in advance.

  • thank u sir, helpful article, done it with cmd…..

  • hey,
    I have just got a question because at my school a guy created a hotspot that didn´t just work for a special range around your computer but in the whole school and it also worked longer than the normal wifi. Does anybody know how he did that?

  • great!! I have created., it works 🙂
    but now how can I change my wifi name and password?