How to Configure a Network Proxy in Windows 10

A network proxy acts as an intermediary between the local network (such as all devices within the company or in a building) and the internet. It can provide an additional layer of privacy, security and enhance performance when connected to Wi-Fi or Ethernet.

To set up a proxy on Windows 10 you can either use the settings app or manually modify your configuration. If you are using the settings app, go to Network & Internet and select Proxy. If the Use a proxy server option is already off, then you can skip this step. If not, you will need to enable the switch. Enter the details of your proxy server as well as port.

If you are using the proxy service in a business or school setting or school, you might be advised by the IT administrator to make use of a Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol (WPAD) script for automatic configuration. This method is more reliable than manual configuration.

It is also recommended to disable any third-party software that may be interfering with your network connections or modifying your settings. This includes antivirus, VPN, and firewall software. This is particularly useful in the event of an error message that reads “Windows cannot recognize the Proxy settings of this network automatically.”

If all else fails you can attempt a system reset. This will erase all programs and drivers installed since the restore point was made which will allow your system to restore default settings. We hope this will solve the issue and allow you to reconnect to the internet, without the error message appearing.

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