How to Create and Connect to Ad-hoc Network in Windows 8/8.1

How to Create and Connect to Ad-hoc Network in Windows 8/8.1

Windows 8.1 OS is turning out to be a big problem for WLAN Gamers and those who throw LAN Party. As you might be aware that many features are removed from Windows 8.1 and the most useful and needful – Ad hoc Network. I myself was unable to play games like Counter Strike and Need for Speed: Most Wanted with my friends because Windows 8.1 was unable to detect Adhoc Network.

Yes, you cannot create or connect to Ad-hoc Network while using Windows 8.1. I encountered this problem the very first day I upgrade. My friends and I decided to play Counter Strike: Condition Zero. To my bad, I was unable to even connect to Ad-hoc Network. To the worst, I found that option for creating Ad-hoc network was missing from Network and Sharing Windows. I thought there might be problem while up gradation or I must have missed any update. I Googled for the problem and realized that Windows 8.1 does not have this feature.

Anyways, this wasn’t a problem for me anymore when I found the quick fix for same. I found the solution from one of the forum.

Let’s see How to Create and Connect to Ad hoc Network in Windows 8.1

I have split up this article into two section

  • How to Create Ad-Hoc Network Connection in Windows 8.1
  • How to Connect to Ad-Hoc Network Connection in Windows 8.1

First thing first,

How to Create Ad-Hoc Network Connection in Windows 8.1

Create Hotspot Adhoc Windows 8.1 1
Create Hotspot Adhoc Windows 8.1 1
  • Now Enter ‘1’ – Create a Hotspot
Create Hotspot Adhoc Network Windows 8.1 2
Create Hotspot Adhoc Network Windows 8.1 2
  • Enter SSID or Hotspot name – ‘GeekLTD’ for example
Enter SSID or Network Name Adhoc Network Windows 8.1
Enter SSID or Network Name Adhoc Network Windows 8.1
  • Enter Password or Key – ‘1234567890’ You can enter anything you wish.
Password Adhoc Network Windows 8.1
Password Adhoc Network Windows 8.1
  • The Hotspot has been created on your Windows 8.1 machine
Hotspot Adhoc Network Created Windows 8.1
Hotspot Adhoc Network Created Windows 8.1
Hosted Network Windows 8.1
Hosted Network Windows 8.1
  • To Disconnect – Instead of Creating Hotspot, enter ‘2’ so as to disconnect Hotspot
Disconnect Hotspot Adhoc Network Windows 8.1
Disconnect Hotspot Adhoc Network Windows 8.1
Stop Hosted Network Windows 8.1
Stop Hosted Network Windows 8.1

Enjoy playing Most Wanted, Counter Strike, Warcraft or any other multiplayer game on Wi-Fi

How to Connect to Ad-Hoc Network Connection in Windows 8.1

  • Download this application sized 40KB, won’t hurt much 😛 [Adhoc Network Creator Windows 8/8.1] [Alternative link] (ZIP Pass –
  • Before you are able to connect to the Ad-hoc Network, you first have to know its SSID/name and Key/Password
  • Now navigate to Network and Sharing Center, right-click the Wi-Fi icon in right hand corner.
  • Click ‘Set up a new connection or network
Manual Wireless Connection
Manual Wireless Connection
  • Now select ‘Manually connect to a wireless network
  • Enter the ‘Network Name’, select ’Authentication Type’ and type down ‘Security Key’ or ‘Password’ is required. Click Next and let the network save.
Filling up Adhoc Network Details
Filling up Adhoc Network Details
Adhoc Network Hotspot Created
Adhoc Network Hotspot Created
  • Open the program downloaded in first step
  • Enter ‘1’ – Connect to a WIFI Network
Connect Adhoc Hotspot
Connect Adhoc Hotspot
  • Again enter ‘1’ – Connect
  • Here you are required to just type down the SSID or Network Name. (Case Sensitive)
Connecting Adhoc Network
Connecting Adhoc Network
Type down SSID or Network Name
Type down SSID or Network Name
  • Now you’re done. You have successfully connected to Ad-hoc Network on Windows 8.1
Adhoc Network Connected
Adhoc Network Connected
  • To Disconnect, enter ‘2’ and you’ll be disconnected from the Ad-hoc Network
Disconnect Adhoc Hotspot
Disconnect Adhoc Hotspot

Have fun with your friends sharing files and playing games like Counter Strike, Most Wanted, Warcraft! If you face any problem, do comment below. I’ll try to solve your problems 🙂

113 thoughts on “How to Create and Connect to Ad-hoc Network in Windows 8/8.1”

      1. i have followed each and every as in the same way it is given…!!! but the status of hotsport is showing status as “not started” how to deal with this..!!

  1. nice work bro. its working. now i can play Call of duty together with my crew mates on ship

  2. I have tried all the steps mentioned by u but its not working. Whenever I am creating any server it keeps on showing connecting and after sometime connection gets lost. My frnds are able to view my server but when they try to connect for them also happens the same. Please find a solution for me

      1. Same case with me. Im using win 8.1 and why the signals getting weak while connecting/creating an ad hoc?

    1. If you are trying to share Internet, check the sharing settings and select appropriate connection you want to share. But if its for LAN gaming, it will be limited. Limited shows there is No Internet Connectivity.

  3. To connect to an Ad-Hoc network, is there a way to do the “Manually connect to a wireless network” part from the command line? I’d Iike to build a script to accomplish this, as I’m going to be having to do it frequently. I’ve already found the command line steps to accomplish the part achieved by the program you suggest downloading.

  4. I have done all the steps and I’ve done them again and then I did them yet again. The new adhoc network that I have made does not have internet access and I can’t understand why.

    Please help

    P.S. I don’t know if this matters but before following the steps in this tutorial I followed another tutorial that said that I should bridge the network connections of the ethernet and the wifi. If that has messed things up I don’t know but I felt like I should inform you just in case

    1. Hey Saad,
      In order to share the Internet, you’ll have to select a Active Internet Network from Sharing Settings.

  5. Doesn’t work for me, don’t know why. Once I connect my network disappear from the Network and Sharing Center. And my friends computer can´t connect to the network I created.

  6. Do I have to do both section?
    cause I try the first section only and my friend found my network and can connect it
    but in my Network and Sharing Centre, the connection dont look like someone connected to it.

    1. No, the guide is split into two parts. One to create and another one for connecting. If your friend has connected to the adhoc network. No need to follow the second part.

  7. why there no signal sign only Lan cable sign at the connection and it says Local Area Connection* 6
    Please help. Thank You

  8. For Some Reason the ad hoc program you provided works for creating but when I try to connect to it using the program it give me an error

  9. We got headaches with all previous solutions, except This One!! Fantastic! Easy to install, easy to run and above all, effective!! Many Thx.

  10. Many Thanks Dude
    If it’s Possible send me the Application Source that let me learn how Did U Do it And Which Command Did U use
    its Funny For An Microsoft IT Professional That ain’t know it
    Many Thanks Again
    Heres the Mail

  11. hey bro thanx alot this thing really helped and i can playon my laptop without LAN cable but there is a small problem that i cannot connect to the wifi router afterwards, it doesnt connect to internet router after connecting to another laptop via adhoc connection……..any help will be appreciated ……waiting for ur reply…….
    thanx in advance ……!!

  12. Hi I have created a network and my my friends are able to connect to network but when i create a server in cs then it is not showing any server to my friends..plz help

  13. Hi
    I can create a network and my friends are able to connect to that network but when a server is created in counter strike then it is not showing..plz help

  14. Hi I get create a network to work perfectly but when i try to join the program just shuts down after i press enter (input ssid)
    any solutions?
    Trying to connect to a Mac network if that matters?
    Also the Macs can connect to my network but its a bit laggy any suggestions?

      1. I’m having the same issue.

        I just want to connect to my printer via an ad-hoc wireless connection.

        Have the program on the desktop – Running as administrator

        Followed all the steps above but program closes after I enter the SSID which is : My Printer

        Please help me!

  15. hello, my laptop runs windows 8.1 and I want to connect to other computers which runs windows 7 to play CS. Any solutions?

    1. Ask your friend using Windows 7 to create adhoc network. Use the above guide on your laptop to connect to that adhoc network.

  16. Hi I have created a network and my friends are able to connect to network but then there still ‘0’ number of client and when i create a server in cs then it is not showing any server to my friends..plz help

  17. i spend many hours looking for an answer and there it is. hehe. thanks to you.. but i’ve already downloaded the file but it is encrypted. password needed.. how can i open it please. 🙂

  18. help me please… i have downloaded the file and have entered the right password but then a “winrar: diagnostic message” balloon popped up saying:
    Cannot execute “C:\Users\MYACER-1\AppData\Local\Temp\Rar$EX00.078\AdHoc Network\AdHoc Network.exe”

    what’s wrong with it? is it my laptop?

  19. I am trying to connect my surface 3(Windows 8.1) to hotspot created by my JoikuSpot(Nokia adhoc network). I am using your software and it can view the network it says profile modified successfully and the connection request was successful but I do not see it being connected on the wireless network(bottom right being managed by windows). I also do not see it connected on my JoikuSpot(Nokia Adhoc network).

    I can view the network, just not able to connect to it properly and successfully. Any ideas?

    1. Try setting password for it and see if its working or not. What’s the default authentication type on JoikuSpot?

      1. There is no option to set a password unless I go for the premium version which I am not inclined to:-P . Default authentication is Open.

  20. hello, i have succesfully created a addhoc using windows 8.1. The newly created network is visible in windows 7 but when when i enter the password it says network security key mismatch or something like that. My password was”qwerty” but when i entered it the win7 system says key mismatch as mentioned earlier. I have change the password and included numbers with it then also its not working. i dont know how this happends and i am fed up with this mismatch drama. i hope you guys know the solution any answers will be appretiated thanks in advance!!

    1. Delete the adhoc network you have created and setup new adhoc network. Say keep password – 123456789
      Let me know if this works or not. There is minimum character passowrd requirement for setting up adhoc network with protection level which the tool offer.

  21. thank you bros long life both of you
    i also a person same to you guys and want technology like water for my body
    when i read this just i have this question how you make such small program, from which programming language u guys used please help me to improve my ability i am computer science student
    at end i just want to say this we are all brothers — edited — ….. if u want to help please just email me at end thanks another time for such good trick

  22. Whenever i enter the password to unlock the ad hoc archive it opens the program then says “An unknown error occurred. The program will now be terminated.” what do i do?


  24. and is it possible to connect to other ad hoc network without creating ad-hoc network i.e directly using the 2nd phase……??

  25. It says the network couldn’t be started
    The group or resource is not in the correct state…
    what’s the problem ?

  26. It says network couldn’t be started.
    The group or resource is not in the correct state..
    what should i do ..?

  27. Mr Ayush, i dont know what to do, i already run the program as admin but still this error message, “An unknown error occurred. The program will now be terminated.” , popped up whenever i open the program.

  28. hi

    i create the network. but it show this phrase
    (the group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the request operation.)

    why it show that? what i must do?

    please help.

  29. I have successfully created the hotspot in step 1. I am able to connect to the hotspot from android mobile. But the internet does not work from mobile using the hotspot connection. I am using Tata photon plus huawei modem datacard internet connection to create .

  30. its showing failed to modify
    error 0x8000E
    automatic connection cannot be set for an ad hoc network

  31. I have Windows 8 and it did work so well. i have saved those commands in a notepad under extension .bat, So whenever i want to set up a hostednetwork, i just run that bat file as an administrator. This is a very nicely written and informative article. Thank you for sharing Ayush Gupta!

  32. i have try it with window 8 and 7 it not work it say not connect to internet .iwant to play warcraft 3 window 8 and 7 it say to fix this

  33. Hi i am able create hot spot and my friend is able to connect. But in my connections i am not finding myself connected to the network i have created

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