How to Configure a Network Proxy in Windows 10

A network proxy is an intermediary that is a bridge between a local (such as devices inside a company or building) and an internet connection. It can provide an extra layer of privacy, security and performance enhancement 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’re using the Settings app, select Proxy under Network & Internet. You can skip this step in the event that the Use a Proxy Server switch has been turned off. If not, turn original site it on and then enter your proxy server’s address and port information.

If you use a proxy in a work or school environment you might be asked by the IT administrator to use the Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol (WPAD) script to configure the proxy automatically. This method is more reliable that a manual configuration.

You should also deactivate any third-party software that could interfere with or alter your network settings. This includes antivirus, VPN, and firewall software. This is particularly useful if the error message you are getting says “Windows could not automatically detect the proxy settings for this particular network.”

If all else fails you can perform a reset of the system. This will delete all drivers and programs that have been installed since the restore point was made, allowing your system to reinstall default settings. We hope this will solve the issue and allow you to reconnect to the internet without an error message appearing.

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