Windows 10 is an amazing and outstanding Operating System designed and developed by Microsoft Inc. The features are excellent and the same are highly applauded by the users. Despite that, some users reported an issue ‘Error 1068 on Windows 10’ and due to this error, they failed to run the Internet Sharing Wizard. So, if you are also facing the same issue, then go through the solution listed below.
What is Error 1068: Dependency Service or Group Failed to Start?
“Error 1068 – dependency service failed to start” is an error that you don’t want to encounter. Such type of issues is quite disturbing, as they are pop-up out of the blue when you try to start your Windows. Mainly there are two circumstances in which anyone may encounter this error, that is as follows:
1] When you try to open the Network and Sharing Center, occasionally it shows this “Error 1068: The dependency service or group failed to start”. If you encountered this issue, you won’t be able to connect to the internet on any network.
2] Error 1068 when trying to turn on your Windows Firewall. The message “Error 1068- dependency service failed to start firewall” pops up at that time.
Usually, the error looks alike
1068: Dependency service or group failed to start.
An error occurred while Internet Connection Sharing was being enabled. The dependency service or group failed to start.
Windows could not start Error 1068: The dependency or group failed to start the WLAN Auto Config service on the local computer.
Why the ‘Error 1068: Dependency service or group failed to start’ appear on the page?
Before heading towards the solution, let’s have a quick glance at Windows error 1068. Generally, this issue arises when you try to connect your computer through a wireless network. The causes are multiple, maybe Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) failed to perform the operation in the registry or might be WLAN is configured incorrectly.
How to fix Error 1068 on Windows?
There are few advanced solutions that will resolve ‘Error 1068 on Windows 10’ issue and the same are listed below. You just need to go through the steps and execute them effectively.
Restart Your Router
The first and foremost thing to fix any network issue is to restart the router. Though this trick doesn’t fix connection issues always, sometimes it can do. So switch off the router and wait for at least one minute. Switch on the router again, and wait for some time to be it fully operational. Launch your browser and try to open the website again. If this method doesn’t work for you, proceed for the next solution to fix this error.
Run the Network Troubleshooter
Try to run the network troubleshooter to fix this error. Follow these steps:
- Press the Windows+X key to open the Win X menu and select the Control Panel to open all control panel item tabs.
- Choose Troubleshooting.
- Select Network and Internet option to open the list of troubleshooters available.
- Navigate to Internet Connections.
- Click on Advanced.
- And then choose to Run as administrator (to run the troubleshooter with admin permissions).
- Click on the Next button to run the troubleshooter. Follow the troubleshooter on-screen instructions wizard to fix this error.
Check the Adaptor Settings
- Press Windows+S key to open the search box and type Network and Sharing Centre. Or directly go to the Network and Sharing Centre from Control Panel.
- Click Change Adaptor Settings.
- Right-click on your Wireless Adaptor. If it is enabled then Disable it or if it is disabled then enable it.
Reset your Network Adapter
Reset your network adapter to fix the error 1068. To do so follow these steps:
- Open command prompt window and type the following commands, and press Enter after each:
netsh winsock reset catalog
netsh int ip reset reset.log
- Close the command prompt and check for the error.
Update Network Adapter
The cause for an ‘Error 1068 the dependency service or group failed to start’ may be corrupt or missing network driver. So, you must update the driver to fix an issue and for your solace, the detailed steps are listed beneath.
- First and foremost, hover your mouse cursor to the ‘Start’ menu and right-click on it. Soon, you will find the list of applications and your job is to click on ‘Device Manager’.
- After that, a new window will appear on your computer screen and it will show various options. Move down to the ‘Network Adapter’ section. Now, click on the arrow button to expand its categories.
- And then select the relevant network Driver. After selecting the Network Driver, right-click on it to get the drop-down menu and then click on ‘Update Driver’.
Run SFC scan to repair Nlasvc.dll
Corrupted or damaged nlasvc.dll is also a common reason for the “dependency service failed to start“.
Nlasvc.dll (Network Location Awareness) is a type of Dynamic Link Library (DLL) file. It is used to collect and store configuration information for the network and notifies all the related programs when any modification is done in this information. If there is any discrepancy in nlasvc.dll, then the services that depend on it will fail to start. To repair nlasvc.dll, you can run SFC (System File Checker).
- Open Run window and type cmd in the box. Then press Ctrl+Shift+Enter to run command prompt as administrator.
- Type sfc /scannow and hit Enter. It will scan for nlasvc.dll issues and fix the issues automatically.
- Restart your computer and check for the error.
Reset TCP/IP to Default
Try to reset TCP/IP to default to fix this error.
- Run command prompt (as administrator).
- Type the command netsh int ip reset and press Enter to reset TCP/IP configuration and restore it to its default value.
- Restart your computer and check for the error.
Restart WLAN AutoConfig from Services
Sometimes, improper configuration of WLAN led to an error 1068 on Windows 10. So, make sure WLAN is properly configured and for the same, you can restart WLAN AutoConfig from the ‘Services’ section of Windows 10. Well, the process is quite simple and for the execution, you don’t have to be tech-savvy.
- First of all, open ‘Run’ dialog box and for the same, press the Windows key and ‘R’ key together.
- Now, type ‘services.msc’ in the box and click on the ‘OK’ button. Soon, you will find a new window which will show the services files.
- Now, navigate for ‘WLAN AutoConfig’. Right-click on it and then select the ‘Restart’ option from the drop-down menu.
- Wait, the process is yet not over. After completing the above task, double-click on ‘WLAN AutoConfig’ and from the featured window; select ‘Automatic’ option from the ‘Startup type’. And then click on the ‘Apply’ button and further click on the ‘OK’ button.
- That’s it, to apply the changes you will have to restart your computer.
Access Network Utility
Windows 10 offers an inbuilt feature to troubleshoot the errors and for this issue, you can use the ‘Network Diagnostic’ tool. The tool is quite effective and it will resolve the above-said issue. The method for the same is listed below.
- Click on the ‘Start’ menu and type ‘Control Panel’ in the search bar and then hit ‘Enter’.
- In the Control Panel page, you will find an option ‘view by’ located at the top of the page, click on it and select ‘Large view’.
- Thereafter, entire Windows features will appear on your screen, navigate for ‘Troubleshooting’.
- Get access to the ‘troubleshooting’ section by clicking on it and then select ‘Network and Internet’ from the featured options.
- Thereafter, a new window will open, click on ‘Advanced’ located at the bottom of the page.
- After clicking on the ‘Advanced’ button, you will find an option ‘Run as administrator, click on it.
- Make sure to click on the checkbox Apply repairs automatically.
- Now, click on the ‘Next’ button and then follow the on-screen instructions to resolve the Windows 10 error 1068. Make sure to complete the task and then restart your computer.
Start Dependent Services
As we have discussed earlier, the reason behind this error is “dependent services failing to load”. To fix this error, we can load these services manually by the following steps:
- Click Start > Help and Support.
- Navigate to Pick a Task and select Use Tools to view your computer information and diagnose problems.
- Under Tools, click System Configuration Utility.
- From the right pane choose an option Open System Configuration Utility.
- Now from the System Configuration Utility, click the Services tab and check that the following services are active. To turn any service on, click the checkbox to select:
- Application Layer Gateway Service
- Network Connections
- Remote Access Connection Manager
- Plug and Play
- Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
- Network Location Awareness (NLA)
- Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
- Once these changes are done, click on the OK and restart your computer and check for the error.
Edit DHCP in the Registry Editor
- Press the Windows key and ‘R’ key together to open the ‘Run’ dialog box and type ‘regedit’ in the box and then click on the ‘OK’ button.
- Thereafter, a confirmation message will appear on your computer screen, click on ‘Yes’ and proceed further.
- After confirming the action, a new window will open and it will show a lot of options. So, the first start with the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, and the same is located at the left-side panel.
- Now, click on the arrow button to expand the features and navigate to ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE’> SYSTEM>CurrentControlSet>Services>DHCP.
- Now select the Dhcp folder. Look into the right side of the panel and it is filled with few files and your job is to explore the DependOnService file and after finding the same, double-click on it.
- Thereafter, a new window will appear with three files in the panel, delete all the files except the ‘Afd’ file.
- Now, close the registry editor and then restart your computer.
That’s it; you are all done. Hopefully, the error would have been resolved. Let us know in the comment section which method worked for you? Wanna some more DeviceTricks? Stay tuned to this space to get the latest updates on errors related to Windows, macOS, and Android. If you feel this article helpful please like, share, and follow our Facebook page.