How to create hotspot in Windows 10 – Full Guide

How to create hotspot in Windows 10 laptop WiFi

When your laptop is connected with wired adapter and Internet active only on your laptop and you want to share the Internet connection by laptop to another devices like mobile or laptop. In this case you can create Hotspot and share the Internet connection with another on the devices. Best guide will help you how to create a Hotspot in Windows 10 laptop. you can do same things on previous Windows version Windows 7, 8, 8.1 as well.

This guide I will open the command prompt with administrator permission so you must Run CMD as administrator to do this

  1. Press Windows key + x keyboard shortcut and click on command prompt (admin).
    command prompt (admin)

Verify you are wireless adapter supports hosted network in Windows 10

While you are going to create WiFi hotspot you will first need to verify your laptop physical wireless adapter has this feature or not. you can do that by using following commands

netsh wlan show drivers

hosted network supported

If you will get the output hosted network supported: yes then you can create WiFi Hotspot on your laptop and you could proceed for the next step.

How to create hotspot in Windows 10 – step by step

Creating the WiFi Hotspot in Windows 10 is quite easy, you just need to run the following commands. but make sure your command prompt as administrator permission

netsh wlan set hostednetwok mode=allow ssid=Desired_Name key=Your_Password

Windows command SSID would be the name of access point identification of your hotspot and the key I would be a security key you want to use the time of the connect with this hotspot whenever you set the password keep in mind about the strong password policy.

Creating the WiFi Hotspot in Windows 10

Once you have created a wifi hotspot you need to start hosted network by running the following command

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

start hosted network

Share Internet connection with WiFi hotspot hosted network

Till now, you have created the hotspot in your Windows 10 you can see this hotspot by using any wireless device like Mobile and connect with it by using your security key but still you cannot use the Internet connection on your mobile device until you will not share Internet connection with WiFi hotspot weather the physical adapter so follow the steps:

  1. Use of Windows key + axe on keyboard shortcuts and select network connections.
    select network connections
  2. I right click on the network adapter you are running Internet connection and click on properties.
    click on properties
  3. Click on the sharing Tab on the top
  4. Check on the allow network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection option
  5. Next select the Microsoft hosted virtual adapter looks like the image
     Microsoft hosted virtual adapter

from the home networking connection drop down menu

  1. Click ok to finish

Now you have shared the Internet connection you should be able to connect with another wireless device and to check for the Internet connection.

How to stop hosted network in Windows 10

If you want to stop the WiFi hotspot for other devices then you can open the command prompt with system administrator and run following commands

netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

stop the WiFi hotspot

that anytime if you want to start again Wi-Fi hotspot you can run the simple commands used before and this time you don’t need to share Internet connection again if you will not able to access the Internet connection on the wireless device then you can easily share the Internet connection.

Run the following commands to enable and disable wireless hosted network:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=disallow

enable and disable wireless hosted network

How to change WiFi Hotspot settings in window 10

If you are serious about security of WiFi hotspot and you want to change the name and password of hotspot, then you can use of following commands to set the new SSID and password for hosted network.

netsh wlan set hostednetwork ssid=New_SSID

netsh wlan set hsotednetwork key=New_Password

new SSID and password for hosted network

 

View the hosted network current setting

In the case if you forget the SSID all the password and you want to see the are correct settings of the hosted network then you can I use the following commands.

netsh wlan show hostednetwork

netsh wlan show hostednetwork setting=security

hotspot password

How to completely delete hosted network settings in Windows 10

You have learned, it is very easy to creating the WiFi hotspot inw windows 10, but it is very complicated to remove the configuration from your computer completely. if you don’t have need of this feature anymore and want delete premanently hosted network settings from your laptop, then this section of article is very important for you.

You have the commands to stop disallow no hosted network the settings of the hosted network remain in your computer as well so if you want to completely delete the hosted network settings and Windows 10 then you will have to make the changes in registry.

Important notes: if you are going to modify the registry it is highly recommended to make the full backup of your system or create system restore point. it is a warning for you.

  1. Press the windows key + r on the keyboard shortcuts and hit enter.
    short key for registery edit
  2. The user access control will be popup
  3. Go on the path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\system\currentcontrolset\services\wlansvc\parameters\hostednetworksettings.
  4. Right click on hostednetworksettings in right pane and select Delete.
     hostednetworksettings
  5. When you delete the value it will ask for the confirmation so click on the yes and you will see no more hosted network settings are exist.
  6. Reboot the computer
  7. And check the settings of hosted network by using following commands.

Important notes before starting this process make sure U turn off the Internet connection sharing you can do that as I have described how to share Internet connection.

Video Tutorial How to create hotspot in Windows 10

You can face the problem The Hosted Network Couldn’t Be Started Window 10 So at this phase you should follow our another post How to Fix The Hosted Network Couldn’t Be Started Window 10 . This article with Video guide.

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