How to Configure a Network Proxy in Windows 10

A network proxy is a middleman that is a bridge between the local (such as devices in a company or building) and an internet connection. It can provide an extra layer of privacy, security and improve performance when connected to Wi-Fi or Ethernet.

To set up a proxy on Windows 10 you can either make use of the settings application or manually modify your configuration. If you’re using the settings app, open Network & Internet and select Proxy. If the Use a proxy server option is already disabled, then you can skip this step. If not, you can turn it on and then fill in the proxy server’s address and port details.

If you’re using an internet proxy in a work or school environment, you may be prompted by the IT administrator to use a Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol (WPAD) script to configure the proxy automatically. This method is more reliable than manual configuration.

You should also turn off any third-party applications that could be interfering or changing your network settings. This includes firewalls, antivirus and VPN programs. This is especially useful in the event that you encounter an error message stating “Windows could not detect the Proxy settings of this network automatically.”

If nothing else works it is possible to perform a system reset. This will eliminate any programs and drivers that were installed prior to the restore point was created, allowing you install your system’s default settings. It is hoped that this will fix the problem and allow you to reconnect to the internet without the error message appearing.

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