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I Disabled The Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter In Windows 8

So you’re using Windows 8 as a WiFi repeater (or base station) after following the instructions in this blog post. Now you’re having a few troubles in Windows 8 and you think you’ll be smart and disable the Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adaptor and just re-start it in the hope your problems will disappear.

You start off by disabling the adaptor…

Disabling the virtual adaptor

Disabling the virtual adaptor

Now it is no longer listed in the Network Connections window. How do you get it back?

Open the Device Manager. It won’t be displayed there. But select “Show hidden devices” and the Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adaptor will be displayed.

Select "Show hidden devices" from Device Manager menu

Select “Show hidden devices” from Device Manager menu

Then right-click on the Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adaptor and choose “Enable”.

Enable the virtual adaptor

Enable the virtual adaptor

Now this won’t appear straight away in the Network Connections window but rest assured that when you run:

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

.. the virtual adaptor will re-appear in the Network Connections tab again (and don’t forget to re-set the network sharing if you were sharing an existing connection before-hand).

13 responses to “I Disabled The Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter In Windows 8

  1. will April 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Thank u very much it helped a lot

  2. WhiteSkull RG December 18, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Thank I was already going crazy looking

  3. McMosfet May 27, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Oh hell thanks!!!
    why did I navigate for all the internet before comming here??

  4. saurabh August 26, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    hey, thanks it works.

  5. Kirtan April 1, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I wasted so many hours before locating this page. Big Thanks

  6. Swethaa August 23, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    I disabled the driver mistakenly and not able to enable it now. I followed the above steps but still I am not getting the enable option after right clicking. Please help

    • Ikkie July 8, 2016 at 10:57 am

      Try to find your physical wifi adapter in device manager – right click – properties – driver – revert driver changes – confirm.

      For some reason, there is some generic update to driver from Microsoft which is the latest (and messes up the hosted network feature) and overwrites the old one, which is working. This should sort it out.

  7. Jakub January 26, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Thank you very much.

  8. Bharath April 26, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Thank u very much it helped a lot…

  9. Vivek July 24, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Thank you very much.

  10. mahmoud ragab March 17, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    i dont find enable item in device manager how can i solve this problem

  11. arun September 20, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    thanks a lot….i wasted so many hours looking here n there… but finally u solved the problem…. thanks again….i m very much grateful….!!!!! cheers….

  12. BIkash September 24, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    hahaha thanks :D i was searching exactly the same thing

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