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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  • If you get this message “The hosted network couldn’t be started.
    The wireless local area network interface is powered down and doesn’t support th
    e requested operation”, it is because your network type is set at “private”, I can’t remember how I did it but somewhere in network settings you have to go to home group and allow sharing or something, or change your network type to home and allow sharing

  • i have completed all of the steps,but when i click on the sharing option of my wired connection properties it says connection cannot be shared,appearing error message.
    please help me.windows 8 pro,

  • Please, how do i change my password from the default one

  • brother i did each step but in internet and sharing option the hotspot is showing “NO INTERNET ACCESS” and due to this no internet connection is available in my mobile.
    plz help me.

  • do i need to write this command everytime i start my windoe?

    • Only 2 nd 3 command you have to enter.

  • How many devices i can connect to wifi at one time..????

  • how to run command in administrator mode???????????

  • i have do this and work for me but when i disable this and re do this then some error is shown the group or resource is not in correct stage to perform this stage

  • brother in step 4 i donot get the option of LAN 13 but wifi only and cannot change the setting. Am i doing something wrong?

  • Hi, This is grate, but How to change the password?

    • In step 2 replace FastTechBuzz with your new password.

  • i am not getting local area network 13 IN CHANGE ADAPTER SETTINGS POP UPafter performing the steps you mentioned above after not getting”THE HOSTED NETWORK COULDN’T STARTED”

  • i have create hotspot and also connect in mobie .
    But i can’t share Ethernet while i m sharing i am getting error
    “internet sharing cannot be enabled. a lan connection is already configured with the ip address “

    • Looks like you are sharing your internet connection using lan. You can’t share a single connection in both ways at a time. I am not 100% sure but that error message seems like that.

  • I am using my dongle which is connected to my pc… i have successfully created a hotspot but when i connect my android device it shows authentication problem… i have completed step 4 successfully… still the problem posests… please help me ser…

    • If you turned on any firewall you must disable that or else use any other softwares.

  • Hello,

    I am using Windows 8. I successfully set up a local network and broadcast the network. The problem I am having is that when I try to modify the Ethernet sharing to include the local network, I cannot. The “Wi-Fi” is listed in the home networking connection bar and I cannot erase the words “Wi-Fi” and input the local area connection, therefor I cannot connect to the internet using the local area connection.

    I do not see the options in the ethernet properties that you have shown in your tutorial. All I see are the following: ‘Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection’ and ‘Allow other network users to control or disable the shared Internet connection’.

    Why can I not modify the home networking connection in the Ethernet properties tab? Am I missing a step? I accessed this tab by initially selecting the “change adapter settings” option. I feel as if I need to disable a security setting?

    Thank you so much for your input. I am rather frustrated and would love to resolve this issue. 🙂

    • Rather than follow this method switch to connectify or virtual router software. It is better.

  • Hi thanx for sharing this info.
    i followed all the steps.
    on my mobile phone the internet is connected but when i try to open some application or google the internet doesnt work at all.
    can you please tell me how to fix it.

  • i used the code… but it was telling use this command in administrator command prompt.. how tu access administrator command prompt??? am using windows8… can u plzzzz help me

  • Hi! 🙂
    I’ve tried several versions of these turtorials, but I get an error.. The same error, both in the cmd and by using an external program, “the group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation”. What’s wrong?

  • My hotspot is on. but I will got a message in the time I connect the internet in my phone.

    Risk Warning: The WiFi network you are connecting is no encrypted. Sure to continue.

    continue visiting: accept this risk. I am sure I want to continue visiting
    Turn off WiFi:Do not accept this risk. Close WiFi connection or use another WiFi network.
    Encrypt with UCloud: Do not accept this risk. Encrypt with UCloud to lower the risk(error may occur when visiting some pages).

    please help me to select an option.

  • Hi there, its working very well. But I want to know how to disable and delete the hotspot created.

  • sir i have already used the connectivity hotspot but i could’n cconnect to it… i doesnt have the unlimited use for life…

  • my network sharing access type does not change even after allowing photon plus
    to allow other networks

  • Perfectly Worked for My 4G device , I was easily able to share internet

  • Sir, is it not possoble for me to use the wifi that i created in my pc? i meant in my pc itself?

  • Try the above given step,its easily created nd lso working properly.thank u very much

    • Thanks for your comment. Actually it’s easy, if everyone read it completely step by step.

  • i unable to connect wifi hotspot
    i am not getting option “local area connection*13” in BSNL properties.
    please suggest

  • I am able to connect to the hotspot, but i am not able to use the internet. Webpages dont open, whatsapp does not work.. In short, i am unable to use the shared internet.

    • Allow internet connection in firewall also.

  • thanks it work fine. then how to disable it by cmd prompt, help me out

    • use this command >> wlan stop hosted network

  • its executing that
    the following command was not found:waln start hostednetwork

    • You typed it wrong bro. Checkout it’s not WALN it’s wlan 🙂 .

  • I am able to connect to the hotspot, but I am not able to use the internet. Webpages dont open.. In short, I am unable to use the shared internet. Also I have turned the windows firewall off and I am using windows 8.1

  • very helpful tankx Admin

  • Thanks a lot man, great explnation but please tell me how to stop the wifi?

  • Must I use the commands to create and start the hostednetwork everytime I start my laptop? I managed to see the hostednetwork on my smartphone with the Wifi Finder app, the signal is 95% but I can’t seem to use it to surf net, what problem am I encountering?

  • Hi. Thanks for the great tutorial. However I am facing the problem that in Step 4 above, when I go to properties >> sharing tab, under Home Networking condition, I get Wifi as the only option and the system does not allow me to change this to Local Area Network. I have Windows 8.1 pro

  • hi! i’ve done everything except that there is nothing I can choose from the home networking connection. the only option is wifi hence i cant choose the LAN. what should i do?

  • In d 3rd step im getting “there is no wireless interface on the system.” in command prompt..plz help me out of dis!!!

  • how to protect it by password?

  • the shared internet is too slow . but its pretty fast on my laptop.

  • wen I did it even wid administrator mode it said dat “you must run this command from command prompt with administratot privilage”.
    Now plz tell me how do I solve this

  • i dont know how to open my command prompt in administrative mode,please tell me what to do, thanks

  • HEy bro thanks this method is working but my server is password protected can you please tell me how can I change my password or access my password.
    plz answer me in my Gmail Id if you can

  • thanks my friend… you solved my long time problem


    • press window+X
      then click:: command prompt(admin)
      that is solution….i was also getting this msg..(Y)

  • this is grt… thnx 4 the information………. 🙂

  • thank you very much this is working fine.

  • Everythings all right except, my device hangs on obtaining IP adress, I tried to change setting at “network and sharing” under home networking connection there is “Wifi”and I can’t change that to my hosted network. Any suggestion would be appreciated.

  • when i connect this network i am getting:: “authentication problem”.
    any solution??plz share

  • hey can i make the above two commands into an .exe file??if yes please tell how..i tried copy con hotspot.exe and den edited the above two commands into it…but its not working..any advice??

    • Install ES File Browser Android app in bluestacks. In that app you can copy your files from WhatsApp to your PC.

  • i am following the same procedures through command prompt but it is getting stuck at acquiring IP. please help.

  • The hosted network couldnot started.
    the wireless local area network interface is powered down and doesnot support the requested operation

  • Hi, I’m using Windows 8.1 and i can’t change the Home Networking condition. Windows automatically set the field to “Wi-Fi” and I should set it to “Local Area Connecton *13”. The field is blocked and i can’t modify it.