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Fix: Windows Could Not Start the WLAN AutoConfig Service

We have already seen how to fix Windows Could Not Start the WLAN AutoConfig Service in Windows 11/10 Wi-Fi connections that are too slow. But sometimes you might run into a problem where your system can’t find any Wi-Fi or wireless network. In some cases, it could be a problem with the hardware, which you can check in the Devices Manager. Here, you need to check to see if your wireless driver is working.

If the problem is with the hardware, you should take it to the nearest computer repair shop. So, if your ethernet connection is fine but your wireless connection isn’t, you’ve come to the right place! Here, We will give you some easy ways to fix the Windows network error.

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Repair Files With the System File Checker Tool

Fix Windows Could Not Start the WLAN AutoConfig Service
  1. Windows 10 and 8 users: Press Win key + letter X on the keyboard. From power user menu, choose Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Windows 7 users: Press Start button and go to All Programs > Accessories. Right-click Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator.
  3. Type ‘sfc /scannow’ into Command Prompt window and press Return key.
  4. The scan could fix files in the system. If it does, after SFC scan, restart Windows.

Run the Network Troubleshooter

  1. Press the Win + X hotkey to open the Win X menu.
  2. Select Control Panel to open an All Control Panel Items tab.
  3. Select Troubleshooting to open the tab
  4. Then select Network and Internet to open a list of troubleshooters
  5. Select Internet Connections to open the troubleshooter
  6. Click Advanced > Run as administrator to run the troubleshooter with admin permissions.
  7. Press the Next button to run the troubleshooter. Follow the troubleshooter instructions to fix detected issues.

Reinstall the Wireless Adapter Driver

  1. Go to the website of the company that made your wireless card.
  2. Go to the part of the site called “Support.”
  3. On the website, drivers for the wireless adapter will be listed.
  4. Download the driver for your Windows operating system to a USB stick.
  5. When you have a new adapter driver on a USB stick, you can open Windows’ Device Manager by clicking the Cortana button on the taskbar and typing “Device Manager” in the search box.
  6. When you click Device Manager, the window below will appear.
  7. Expand Network Adapters so you can right-click the wireless adapter. C
  8. hoose “Uninstall” from the menu that pops up.
  9. On the Confirm Device Uninstall window, choose the option to “Delete the driver software for this device.” To agree, press the OK button.
  10. Then turn on your Windows computer again.
  11. Now you can use the USB stick to install the new driver.
  12. Plug the USB stick into your computer, either a desktop or a laptop,
  13. open the driver setup from the stick.

Uninstall the WLAN adaptor

  1. Type: “device manager”
  2. Get to: the list of Network adapters
  3. Right-click: the WiFi adapter and choose “Uninstall”
  4. Go to: the manufacturer’s website
  5. Install: the latest version of the driver for your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 system

Use System Restore

  1. Type Control Panel in the home screen search box.
  2. In the upper right corner, type Recovery.
  3. Click on the Open System Restore feature.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to finish the system restore and bring your operating system to an earlier point in time and solve your Wlan issue.

Modify the Registry

  1. Press the Windows Key+R and type regedit in the “Run” text box. Press “Enter”.
  2. Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Dhcp.
  3. Find DependOnService on the right pane and double-click on it.
  4. Delete all the entries except “Afd”.
  5. Press “Ok” and exit the Registry Editor.
  6. Restart Windows and check if you can now access the internet.

What are the Causes of Windows Could Not Start the WLAN AutoConfig Service?

  • Drivers that are out of date or don’t work together: For the service to work, the drivers for your WLAN adapter should be up to date and compatible. If these drivers don’t work together because they are broken or old, you are likely to run into problems like this one.
  • Dependencies between services: In order to work, the WLAN AutoConfig service needs a number of other services, such as the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service and the DCOM Server Process Launcher service. If any of the necessary services isn’t running or is broken, you won’t be able to connect to a wireless network.
  • Registry errors: It’s possible that the relevant Registry keys are set up wrong, which is why the service isn’t working and causing the error.
  • Malware or a corruption error: Your system may be dealing with malware or a corruption error, which is affecting its parts and services, such as the WLAN AutoConfig service.
Michael Smith
Michael Smith
Michael Smith is the Phones Editor for Bollyinside, which means that he covers all topics linked to mobile devices. Jordan has been writing about phones for more than six years, and his interests in the subject have ranged from a preoccupation with Android to an obsession with the most recent iPhones, as well as a satirical take on the near-uselessness of gaming phones.
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