The Dependency Service or Group Failed To Start – Wireless Error

After cleaning a Windows computer from malware, I ran into this strange issue when attempting to connect to the internet. The computer was showing a big red X over the wireless icon and upon opening the Network and Sharing Center I would see the error message The Dependency Service or Group Failed To Start.

I was able to solve this issue by running two simple commands in Command Prompt.

Follow these steps

  1. Press the Windows Key to bring up the start menu and start typing cmd. Select Command Prompt from the result list
  2. Type the below commands in Command Prompt
    netsh winsock reset catalog
    netsh int ip reset reset.log hit

    First command will reset winsock entries and second will reset the TCP/IP stack

  3. Restart your computer

And now you should have a working wireless connection.


Esau Silva
Software Engineer at Region One ESC
Full Stack Software Engineer working with Microsoft technologies, ReactJS is awesome and avid Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner
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