Win8 Internet Connection Sharing with Windows Phone HTC 8X Fixed

by Jamie Schwinn on October 2, 2013

I recently upgraded my laptop to Windows 8.1 RTM and attempted to use Internet Connection Sharing (Wi-Fi tether) on my Windows Phone 8 HTC 8X to do a Lync demonstration at a customer site. Every time I connected my laptop to the hotspot, Windows would immediately blue screen (BSOD). I found several existing posts that described the issue with the suggestion to enable FIPS on the Wi-Fi connection.

http://gadgets.itwriting.com/1986-fixing-blue-screen-using-internet-connection-sharing-in-windows-phone-8.html

http://forums.wpcentral.com/nokia-lumia-620/217021-internet-connection-sharing-tip-enable-fips-avoid-blue-screen.html

http://how-i-fixed-it.blogspot.com/2013/05/windows-8-crash-bluescreen-bsod-using.html

I was not able to enable FIPS fast enough to prevent the BSOD after connecting to the hotspot. I could not figure out how to modify a hotspot’s settings unless you are already connected to it with Win8.1. I was finally able to fix my issue by modifying the hotspot settings from the command line.

Open a CMD prompt with Admin rights and execute the following substituting in the name of the Windows Phone hotspot:

C:\>netsh wlan set profileparameter name="Hotspot Name" fips=yes

Feel free to comment if someone knows how to edit hotspot settings BEFORE connecting in Win8.1 via GUI.

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