Create Wifi Hotspot on Windows 7 / Windows 8 Laptop Without Using any Software

Just few days back, I write a post to turn your windows laptop into wifi hotspot using a software mhotspot. Mhotspot is small software and very easy to use, there is another great way to create wifi hotspot on windows 7 and windows8. Actually, you do not need help of any third party wifi hotspot software in order to create wifi hotspot. There is a built in feature in both windows 7 and windows 8(should be working on windows 8.1) to create hotspot. You just need to write few commands in command prompt.

1. Open the Command prompt as Administrator (Right click and select Run as administrator).You can also open it by pressing Window Key + X and choosing Command Prompt(Admin).

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2. Type the following command in the command prompt and press Enter.

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=tipstrickshackery  key=wifipassword
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netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid

Here ssid is the name of your hotspot and key is password of your hotspot.Choose both of these according to you.

3. Next,type the following command and hit enter.

 netsh wlan start hostednetwork

You will get a message like The hosted network started. netsh wlan start hostednetwork

4. Now go to Network And Sharing center and You can see your newly created wifi hotspot connection.But, as you can see, it has no network access.We need to fix this by enabling sharing of internet connection for your working Internet connection.In my case, it is wifi connection,but it can be Ethernet or any other working internet connection.                                                         Create Wifi Hotspot on Windows 7 / Windows 8 Laptop Without Using any Softwarenetwork and sharing center

5. To enable sharing, Click on your default Internet connection and select Properties.Under the Sharing tab, tick the box saying – Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection.Under the Home networking Connection, select the connection which is showing as your hotspot connection.(In my case, it is Local Area connection *12 ) .
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6. Your Wifi hotspot is created and Internet sharing is enabled. You can check in the Network and Sharing center that your wifi hotspot now has Internet Access.
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7. Now Connect any wifi enabled device to this hotspot using the password you choose while typing the command.

8. In order to stop the Wifi hotspot, Just type the following command in the command prompt(as Administrator).

  netsh wlan stop hostednetwork
netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

It might came to your mind that remembering these commands is not easy.Also typing them again again is tedious task.This also has a solution.

1. Write both the commands in notepad. netsh wlan start hostednetwork

2. Select Save As and save the file as Batch type. Name the file anything you want but make its extension .bat .Also select All Files in Save as Type. Save it on the desktop.creating wifi hotspot windows 8
3. Your batch file is created.Now whenever you need to start hotspot, just run this file with admin privileges.

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4. Similar way, you can create a batch file to stop the hotspot.
This tutorial might feels you long because I explained in quite detail. However, It will not take more than two minutes to create wifi hotspot using this method.

Facing any problem, let me know in the comment section.


  1. Saurav

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  2. bob serious

    thank u soooooooo much for a wonderful simple steps

  3. sandeepart

    awesome article admin… thank you…
    but can you explain how to add another user to this network… b'casue this hotspot allow only any one user to access. if i'll try to connect more then one device to hotspot… only first connected device will be connect, another device not conncet. 😛
    i hope any command line for that… blablabla hahahaha thanks again dude

  4. sateesh huvinahalli

    i created hotspot, wireless network but in sharing Wireless Network Connection 2, is not listing.

  5. Jillyfish

    hosted network is not starting pls help

  6. Saeed Abu

    dear i can not find any sharing tab in wifi properties.have only Networking tab.i use windows 7.pls help me abt it.

  7. Patel Nij

    my wifi is connect but i coudnt acess internet on my ipad

  8. rcn12

    i don't have any share tab in the default wifi properties in windows 8. how can I fix this?

  9. tushar sharma

    unable to connect my mobile with hotspot ,it is showing authenticating and then avoided the hotspot

  10. Olivia Lewis

    Why not using third party tool? They are free and easy to use such as 160WiFi.

  11. niraj maru

    Getting 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.
    Is it something regarding drivers?

  12. Kamlesh Jha

    if i am stop wifi hotspot and restart my computer and then if i want to access hotspot internet it is possible or not?
    it is temprory hotspot system or permanently?

  13. Unknown

    Thanks man, its really helpful, i always having issues with mhotspot…this method resolved it 🙂

  14. mansher kang

    my cmd is showing some error that group or resource is not in a atate to perform the operation

  15. Anas H

    Not able to connect my mobile phone

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