How to Configure a Network Proxy in Windows 10

A network proxy is a middleman that functions between a local (such as devices within an office or building) and internet network. It can add an additional layer of security, privacy and performance enhancement when connected to Wi-Fi or Ethernet.

To configure a proxy in Windows 10 you can either use the settings app, or manually edit your configuration. If you’re using the settings app, select Network & Internet and select Proxy. If the Use a proxy server switch is disabled, then skip this step. If not, turn it on and then enter your proxy server address and port details.

If you are using the proxy service in a business or school environment it is possible that you will be prompted 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 a manual configuration.

You should also disable any third-party software that could interfere with your connection to the internet or modifying your settings. This includes antivirus, VPN, and firewall programs. This is particularly useful if the error message you receive states that “Windows couldn’t automatically recognize the proxy settings for this particular network.”

If all else fails you can attempt a system reset. This will delete all drivers and programs that have been installed since the restore point has been set up, allowing you to reinstall your system’s default settings. We hope this will solve the issue and allow you to connect to the internet without an error message appearing.

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