Fix Microsoft Virtual Wi-Fi Miniport Adapter Not Working

By Puja Chatterjee on August 02, 2023

The virtual Wi-Fi Miniport adapter not working is an error that happens when it is missing from your system.

It may be quite frustrating to encounter such an error but it is not a very serious issue.

Fortunately, there are quite a few easy ways in which you can get the virtual Wi-Fi Miniport adapter back.

In this article, you will know about those methods to troubleshoot this issue and fix it.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Why Does Microsoft Virtual Wi-Fi Miniport Adapter Not Work?

In most cases, Microsoft virtual Wi-Fi Miniport adapter not working issue occurs when the hosted network is not setup properly or you try creating a hotspot on your Windows computer.

This error happens mainly because the Wi-Fi Miniport adapter is missing from the Device Manager.

Sometimes, it may also happen due to the following reasons:

Irrespective of the reason for this issue to occur, the solutions are pretty simple, as you will find if you continue reading the article.

How to Fix Microsoft Virtual Wi-Fi Miniport Adapter Not Working?

Setting up the hosted network is one effective way to fix the virtual Wi-Fi Miniport adapter not working error.

Setting the WLAN and wired AutoConfig to automatic may also resolve the issue. all you need to do is: Go to the Services pages by typing services in the search box > Select WLAN AutoConfig and Wired AutoConfig services > Set them to automatic > Start the services.

You can also fix the issue in the following ways:

Here are the steps to follow for some relatively complex methods to fix virtual Wi-Fi Miniport adapters not working on your PC.

Method 1: From the Command Prompt Enable Hosted Network Mode

You may resolve the issue of Microsoft virtual Wi-Fi Miniport adapter not working by running a network shell command in the Command Prompt to enable the hosted network mode.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

When the Command Prompt opens, type in the command netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow and hit Enter on your keyboard.

Typing in the command netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow

After the command is executed completely and successfully, your issue should be resolved.

Typing netsh wlan show drivers

Hosted network supported

If the problem still persists, try the next method.

Method 2: Disable and Reenable Microsoft Virtual Wi-Fi Miniport Adapter

Sometimes simply disabling and reenabling the Microsoft virtual Wi-Fi Miniport adapter may make it work again as normal.

You will need to use the Windows Device Manager for that.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Selecting Disable device or Uninstall device

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There will be a white icon with a small black dot on it beside the adapter indicating that it is disabled.

Selecting Enable device

You may also disable the network adapter by selecting it and then clicking on the black button at the top, shown by a red circle in the image above. It will turn green in color once disabled. To re-enable it, click on the green button and it will turn black.

You will also need to enable a few other things from the device manager as follows:

Open Device Manager > Go to your wireless network adapter > Right-click on it and select Properties > Go to the Advanced tab > Select multimedia/gaming environment from the list > Right-click on it > Select Enable from the drop-down list.

Also, if you find Ad-hoc Support 802.11n in the list, enable it as well.

Now, restart your computer and check whether the issue has been resolved.

If it still persists, then you will need to fix the issue more comprehensively, as described in the next method.

Method 3: Update Driver and Run Network Shell Command

A lot of issues are caused simply because the drivers are outdated. The Hosted network supported option, in that case, will be marked No.

So, if the above two methods fail to resolve the Virtual Wi-Fi Miniport Adapter not working issue, you should start the rectification process with a simple driver update and then carry on with the other steps.

Whether it is Microsoft Virtual Miniport or Direct, the steps to follow are however the same.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Clicking on the Show hidden devices option

Clicking on Update driver option

Browse my computer for driver software

Selecting Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer

Select the device driver you want to install for this hardware

Windows has successfully updated your drivers

Now, your driver is updated.

Clicking on Change adapter options

Selecting Properties from the dropdown menu

Wi-Fi Properties window

Home networking connection

(Replace DESKTOP and 1234567890 with the SSID name and key of your driver.)

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid= DESKTOP key=1234567890

This should resolve the Virtual Wi-Fi Miniport adapter not working issue.

Conclusion

So, virtual Wi-Fi Miniport adapter not working is not a serious issue, and, as you can see, it can be resolved by performing a few simple steps.

If the simple solutions do not work, then there are always a few other advanced solutions to this error.