Cannot download Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter Driver in Windows 10

Beginning with the Anniversary Update, you are able to turn any Windows 10 PC with Wi-Fi into a hotspot to share an internet connection. However, when I tried to make a Wi-Fi Hotspot on my Surface Pro 3, it was fail to create and said “hosted network couldn’t be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.” I noticed that it is caused by the lacking of the Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter. I opened the device manager, and the related thing was missing from the list of network adapters. The latest updates have been installed on my tablet. How can I resolve the problem?

A few users could not get the wifi hotspot capablity in Windows 10. Because the Microsoft hosted network virtual adapter is missing and it is no way to download the driver. Here are the tips to get rid of that.

Make sure the service responsible for wireless connection is running.
* Type services.msc in the Cortana search box or Start menu, and select the top matched one from result.
* Within the right side pane of the Services window, scroll down the list to locate the “WLAN AutoConfig”.
* Double click on this service, and ensure it doesn’t stop. If not, change its startup to automatically, click on Start button, then click Apply > OK button.
The latest version of WiFi driver seems to be im-compatible, and you need to turn back your internet driver to older version.
* Press Win + R from your keyboard, type devmgmt.msc into Run dialog box, and click OK button.
Another way is to right click on Start button at left-bottom corner, and select Device Manager from menu.
* Click on View at the top menu, and select the “Show hidden Devices”.
* Expand the Network adapters, and you should find the Microsoft hosted network virtual adapter.
* Right click on Microsoft hosted network virtual adapter, select Update Driver Software option. Then choose “Browse my computer for driver software” (do not use automatical), pick the older version from C:\ drive, and install it.
You can also uncheck Show compatible hardware box, choose Microsoft Under Manufacturer, and select “Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter” in Model area to apply it.Finally the issue is fixed and the WiFi hotspot works perfectly on my Surface Pro 3 tablet.


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