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.

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! 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
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    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. Nov 30 '12 at 6:54
  • @TomWijsman : and do I do if I have devices which don’t support wpa2 psk ? 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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