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For the life of me, I can't figure out how to create an ad hoc wireless network in Windows 8. Here is what happens if I follow the steps from Windows 7:

  1. Right click the network icon and click "Network and Sharing Center":

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  2. Click "Set up a new connection or network":

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  3. Where is the option to create an ad hoc network?

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Therefore I have two related questions:

  • Did I miss something? Is it in there somewhere and I just haven't found it yet?
  • If this feature is not available, is there a tool somewhere I can use that provides this capability?

Further information:

  • I have an Intel Wireless WiFi 4965 AGN adapter.
  • I tried the Intel PRO wireless tool and it didn't offer an ad hoc option.
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I'm not sure if this means anything but:… – Nathan Osman Mar 12 '12 at 19:04
This is what you're looking for… – Ouadie Feb 26 '13 at 20:48
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Try Connectify which is a third-party solution, you should be able to come around with the Lite features.

Transform your Windows laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot at the click of a button so you can share a single Internet connection with your friends, co-workers, and mobile devices.

Otherwise, try to see if you can use netsh to set up an ad-hoc network.

To start simply use this commands

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=LocalAdHoc key=password
netsh wlan start hostednetwork

And to stop it

netsh wlan stop hostednetwork
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When I run the commands, I get "The hosted network couldn't be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation." However, Connectify works awesome, thank you! – Nathan Osman Mar 12 '12 at 22:41
good solution, but that command assigns a dynamic ip address every time windows restart, do you know how to assign an ip address manually? – k-dev Oct 30 '12 at 20:01
After some further research, I think the commands you've provided create a full-blown access point and not an ad-hoc network. And because a lot of wireless cards do not support AP mode (mine included), the error from my comment above will be displayed. – Nathan Osman Nov 30 '12 at 6:54
@TomWijsman : and do I do if I have devices which don’t support wpa2 psk ? – user2284570 Jul 25 '15 at 18:06

Firstly, I can confirm that there are only two setting in MY Windows 8 Network and Sharing Center

  • Setup a network connection
  • Troubleshooting.

However, if your mission is to connect to a wireless network then I can help.

Click 'Change Adapter Settings' Right click your Wireless Adapter Click 'Connect / Disconnect'

Now I get a 'Networks' settings list which displays all the nearby wireless connections.

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