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Turn on mobile hotspot on startup Windows 10

for some weird reason I can’t use netsh wlan start hostednetwork and instead I am using the windows 10 option “Mobile hotspot”. My problem is that I want to turn on the hotspot automatically on startup, is there a way to do it ?

On my other laptop I used netsh commands in a .bat file for this purpose, but this won’t work now. I tried to run the same .bat file that I used on my other laptop and it’s failing. Also, if I do netsh wlan show drivers I get the following line (among others): Hosted network supported : No

Just to be clear, I can use Mobile hotspot through the windows 10 interface normally, my problem is that I want to turn it on automatically on startup. I searched a lot and I can’t find a solution to this …

Bonus question: While trying to find out if I can do this with a service (Windows key + R => services.msc), I probably bugged something (even though I turned all options back when I touched something), because the mobile hotspot needs to be clicked twice after a few seconds to be turned on now. Any idea how I can reset all the services to default ? Note: The Windows Mobile Hotspot service didn’t help when I switched it to turn on automatically.

Super User Asked by George Dimitriadis on November 14, 2021

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As mentioned in many other answers on Superuser, there is a simple way to turn on the Windows 10 Mobile Hotspot using Powershell commands (and it doesn't even require admin rights).

With reference to the answer given here by @DanceDance -

$connectionProfile = [Windows.Networking.Connectivity.NetworkInformation,Windows.Networking.Connectivity,ContentType=WindowsRuntime]::GetInternetConnectionProfile()
$tetheringManager = [Windows.Networking.NetworkOperators.NetworkOperatorTetheringManager,Windows.Networking.NetworkOperators,ContentType=WindowsRuntime]::CreateFromConnectionProfile($connectionProfile)

# Start Mobile Hotspot
$tetheringManager.StartTetheringAsync()

# Stop Mobile Hotspot
$tetheringManager.StopTetheringAsync()

# Check whether Mobile Hotspot is enabled
$tetheringManager.TetheringOperationalState

You can add the relevant part of it to a PowerShell script (PS1) and execute it on boot by adding a task to Task Scheduler and setting a trigger to 'On Startup' or 'At Logon' (Read more about it here)


Here is Microsoft's documentation about the NetworkOperatorTetheringManager Class which contains some other useful functions that might help people looking forward to add additional functionality to their PowerShell script.

Answered by ManSamVampire on November 14, 2021

I am unaware of how to start Mobile Hotspot through any Windows executable. I do not believe such a thing is possible due to how these Windows 10 Settings are being developed.

If you do netsh wlan show wirelesscapabilities and it says Soft AP is disabled, then your driver does not support a "Hosted Network"

However, it is possible, though a long shot depending on your adapter, to try and go back multiple driver versions before they disabled Soft AP (assuming at one point Soft AP was allowed). If you have a Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (like I have) or maybe similiar, then you would have to go back to pre-Driver Version 18.10 where they disabled it. If you don't have that driver, there is a chance that it was enabled in earlier versions, going through the manufacturer's archive of drivers for your wireless adapter may be worth your time.

Regarding your "bonus question" you should follow this guide, where you would download a zip file containing the default states (from a fresh install of Windows 10) stored in a reg file. In the zip file you just have to click on the ones you want to reset individually. Also, unrelated "bonus questions" should have their own post, otherwise your post may not be answered for months as demonstrated by this post.

Answered by El8dN8 on November 14, 2021

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