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Start WLAN AutoConfig (WLANSVC Service) On Windows 8 & Windows 7

WLAN AutoConfig service ( WLANSVC ) helps Windows 8 and Windows 7 computers to discover  a wireless network (802.11 standards) and connect to it. The same service is used in  Vista instead of Wireless Zero Configuration(WZC) in Windows XP. In my personal experience by starting WLAN AutoConfig service instead of vendor wireless utilities on a computer, we can fix most of the wireless connectivity issues. Windows 8,  7 and Vista computers use WLANSVC service to manage wireless networks and you can find it on services window under the display name WLAN Autoconfig. Sometimes WLAN AutoConfig does not start automatically  by some strange reasons. So we may need to go to the service page and start this service manually. This tutorial tells how to run it on a  computer in different ways.

How to Start WLAN AutoConfig From Services
  1. Type services.msc on Search

  2. Click Services when shows in Search
    How to search for Wlansvc Service in Windows 8

  3. Right Click WLAN AutoConfig from the list of services listed. You may check the bottom of the list for it
    WLANSVC problems

  4. Click Start to run WLAN AutoConfig(WLANSVC Service)
    help tutorial
Once you start WLAN AutoConfig(WLANSVC Service) on your computer, it will start discover available WiFi networks at your area.

How to Start WLAN AutoConfig Service From Command Prompt

You have learned how to run wlansvc service from services window. There is one more method to do it apart from GUI method. There is a DOS command to activate this service. However, we must have administrative right to run this command because the DOS prompt must be run as administrator. Here we try command prompt method to run it on Windows computer (Vista and above) for a particular wireless interface.
  1. Start Command Prompt as Administrator

    To start command prompt as administrator, visit the link below and follow the instructions there.
    How to Run Command Prompt as Administrator

  2. Type netsh and press enter

  3. Type wlan and press enter

  4. Start Wlansvc for a Wireless interface

    This is the DOS Prompt command to start Wireless service on your Windows 8, 7 and Vista computer.

    set autoconfig enabled=yes interface="Name of Wireless Network Connection"

    You must specify the name of the wireless connection as the interface. Here on the image, I typed the name of WiFi network corenetworkz.
    DOS Command to open WLANSVC

  5. Press enter after entering the command prompt command to start WLAN AutoConfig on your computer to finish the process

To read more about the use of command prompt command to activate WLAN AutoConfig, visit the link below. Here you will see how to remove or modify wireless filters on Windows 8 and 7 using DOS Prompt commands.
How to Remove / Delete a WiFi Filter From Command Prompt

Where is WZC On Windows 8, 7 & Vista Computers ?

After compiling this tutorial I have received inquiries from readers asking what happened to Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC) service in newer versions of Windows Operating Systems. We no longer see WZC on windows 8, Windows 7 and Vista computers because WZC is converted in to WLAN AutoConfig service. So if you are looking for steps to find and start WZC (Wireless Zero Config) on Windows 7 and  8 computers, you must start WLAN AutoConfig instead. If you are not using Windows 7 or Windows 8 but running  XP on your computer, visit the link below to learn how to find and start WZC.
How to Find and Activate Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC) On XP

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Anonymous said…
I'm using Toshiba L505 ES5018 with RTL8191SE WLAN, but can not see my adapter in network adapters. can u help me, please?
Peter said…
It is a standard tutorial. I never knew I could start this service from Windows Command Prompt. Thank you very much.
Thank you so much
Davs Lin said…
I cannot start it from the services.msc

Can you help please?

Alex George said…
Are you getting any error message while trying to start the Wlan service ?
Kalind Karia said…
When I am running the following line: (set autoconfig enabled=yes interface="Name of Wireless Network Connection") in cmd, I am getting the error as: There is no such wireless interface on the system
Alex George said…
Hi Klind,

you should type the name of the wireless connection instead "Name of Wireless Network Connection"

Check the example, I typed the name of the wifi network corenetworkz
Abhishek Pandey said…
I'm using Windows 8 and I was searching for service.msc in search, the result is showing no such thing why it so?
Alex George said…
@ Abhishek,
Type services instead of service.msc on Windows 8 search. If it is not working try the command prompt method explained in the second part.

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