Top 3 Ways to Create/Make a Free WiFi Hotspot on Windows 7 Laptop or Desktop

Apr. 18, 2017 / Updated by Bessie Shaw to Tips
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Can I turn my Windows 7 computer into a hotspot? How to share internet via WiFi on Windows 7? Unable to create WiFi hotspot in Windows 7? If you have those doubts, then the answer is yes -- you can easily make a WiFi hotspot on Windows 7 and use your PC as a WiFi network access point to share your internet connection with any devices that are WiFi enabled, including iPhone, iPad, Android mobile phones, tablets, as well as other laptops.

There are 3 best workable solutions for you to turn on WiFi hotpost on 64 bit or 32 bit Windows 7. And you can freely create your own WiFi hotspot, public hotspot, virtual WiFi hotspot, or hidden WiFi hotspot as you like.

Here are the contents:

Important: Before You Turn Windows 7 Laptop or Desktop PC into a Wireless Hotspot

Top 1. One Click to Create a WiFi Hotspot on Windows 7 for Free

Top 2. Make a WiFi Hotspot for Windows 7 without Software/Router

Top 3. Setup a WiFi Hotspot in Windows 7 Using cmd (Command Prompt)

Important: Before You Turn Windows 7 Laptop or Desktop PC into a Wireless Hotspot

Thanks to the hidden virtual Wi-Fi adapter feature in Windows, you are allowed to build a WiFi hotspot access point on your Windows 7. But before you are going to do that, the most important thing you need to do is to check if your computer has a working wireless adapter, which is the must-have device to help make wireless hotspots. Most laptops and parts of desktops come with a wireless network adapter already installed. You can check to see if your computer has one:

Go to the Device Manager (click on the Start button on your computer and type “device manager” in the search box to locate it), and expand the “Network adapters” option to see if there is a network adapter that includes “wireless” in the name.

device manager wireless network adapter

If your Windows 7 computer doesn’t have one, purchase one to install into your computer. The universal serial bus (USB) wireless card is a nice choice, because it is small, easy to install and it can be moved around to different computers. Make sure the wireless network driver is working properly. You can download and install a correct wireless network driver to keep the network adapter or card from issues and errors.

Top 1. One Click to Create a WiFi Hotspot on Windows 7 for Free

No command prompts, no laborious steps and no wireless router -- you can one click create a WiFi hotspot on Windows 7 with software, OSToto Hotspot (formerly named 160WiFi). It enables you to one-click set up a stable and also the strongest WiFi hotspot to share internet connection. You can try it on any laptop, notebook or desktop PC, such as Asus, Acer, Dell, HP, Sony, Lenovo, Samsung, Toshiba, IBM, Alienware, Compaq, Gateway, LG, Microsoft, MSI, etc.

Free download and install OSToto Hotspot on your Windows 7 computer.

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Launch OSToto Hotspot and it will automatically make a WiFi hotspot on your computer. You can edit the hotspot name (SSID) and the password. This utility has the standard WPA2 for password protection to keep freeloaders out. Your families, friends, coworkers, roommates or any other one who have the password can easily join your network sharing, and you can blacklist anyone as you like.

make wifi hotspot windows 7

Top 2. Make a WiFi Hotspot for Windows 7 without Software/Router

You can also use your Windows 7 laptop or desktop as a wireless hotspot without software and without cmd. Unlike Windows 8 WiFi hotspot or Windows 10 WiFi hotspot, Microsoft enables the graphical wizard to help create an ad hoc network in Windows 7. You can read more about it in the post Top 3 Ways to Create Windows PC WiFi Hotspot.

Here is how to convert your Windows 7 PC into WiFi hotspot with the help of wizard to share internet connection. If it does not work, try the method of Top 1.

Step 1. Go to the “Manage wireless network” window. You can click on the Start menu and type “wireless” into the search box to locate it.

manage wireless networks

Step 2. Click on the “Add” button to add a wireless network.

add a wireless network

Step 3. Select “Create an ad hoc network” and click on “Next”.

Step 4. Enter a name and password for your wireless hotspot and select “Save this network”.

name the wifi hotspot

Remember to activate the “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection” checkbox.

Updated: We’ve received some reports about saying the wireless hotspot has no internet connection by using this method. This could happen when the wireless network adapter driver is not working or when your computer has other conflicts. We do recommend you to try OSToto Hotspot to build a safe and stable hotspot for Windows 7.

Top 3. Setup a WiFi Hotspot in Windows 7 Using cmd (Command Prompt)

For some of you, there is no graphical wizard in your Windows 7 computer to help turn on WiFi hotspot, or the wizard is useless. You can try command prompts to transform your Windows 7 into a hotspot. It’s kind of difficulty, especially for green hands. Be careful when you try it. Follow the steps:

Step 1. Press the Windows + R key combination to bring up a run box. Type “ncpa.cpl” and hit enter.

run box

Step 2. In the network connections window, right-click on your wireless network adapter and select Properties.

wifi properties

Step 3. In the Sharing tab of the pop-up window, enable the “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection” box.

Step 4. Right-click in the bottom left of your screen to launch an administrative command prompt.

command prompt admin

Step 5. The command editing window will pop up. Type the following command like:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=“OSToto Hotspot” key=“12345678”

The ssid is the name of your network and the key is the password. You can name them like the above command.

ssid and key command

Step 6. Press enter and the Windows 7 system will make a Wi-Fi hotspot. The last thing you need to do is to enter the commands:

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

Since Microsoft has removed the graphical wizard to help setup hotspots in Windows 8 and up, you can try the cmd like above to build your own wireless hotspot access point on your Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 PC. If you prefer one-stop and one-click solution, try OSToto Hotspot in Top 1.

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