windows could not detect proxy settings

Cannot connect to the Internet due to this proxy error: Windows could not automatically detect this network’s proxy settings. This problem mostly caused because of change in proxy settings of your Windows. If you’re also a victim of this weird problem, here some effective solutions to fix the Windows proxy settings problem: “Windows could not automatically detect this network’s proxy settings” on windows 10, 8.1 and 7.

Windows could not detect network proxy settings

If you have recently installed any antivirus, firewall software or VPN app, you should disable it for a short time to check if they are creating an issue or not. Sometimes such software can cause problems related to incoming as well as outgoing connections.

Check your system date and time and make sure they’re correctly set

Disable Proxy Settings

Incorrectly configured Proxy Server settings sometimes cause Windows could not automatically detect this network’s proxy settings. disable the proxy server Following the steps below and check this resolves the issue or not.

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run command, type inetcpl.cpl.
  2. Under Internet Options, go to Connections
  3. Click on the LAN Settings button.
  4. Then uncheck the option Use a proxy server for your LAN under proxy server section
  5. Click ok and then click ok again
  6. Restart windows and check there is no more problem connecting the internet.

Disable Proxy server

Reset Internet settings

Resetting the Internet Explorer settings might be able to fix this problem as well since it removes all the additional changes made by the user or system.

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type inetcpl.cpl and press Enter
  3. Click Advanced tab
  4. Click on Reset…
  5. Check the option that says Delete personal settings
  6. Click Reset

Reset Internet Settings

Reset Windows Sockets registry entry

Another factor that may cause this issue could be the corruption of Windows Sockets registry entries. If those registry entries are corrupted, or missing, you can’t connect your machine to the web at all because the network protocols are directly dependent upon them.

  1. Type cmd in the search box from the Start menu.
  2. Then right-click on Command Prompt and click Run as administrator.|
  3. Now Type the following commands and press Enter after each.

netsh winsock reset
netsh int ip reset
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /flushdns
ipconfig /renew

winsock reset command

Restart windows and check there is no more Internet or Windows proxy settings problem.

Obtain DNS server address automatically

This is another ultimate solution to fix the Windows could not automatically detect this network’s proxy settings issue.

  • Press Windows + R, type ncpa.cpl and hit the Enter button.
  • Right-click on Active ethernet/WiFi adapter select Properties
  • Double click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) to get its Properties.
  • In the next window, check whether Obtain DNS server address automatically is selected or not.
  • If not, you need to select it along with Obtain an IP address automatically.

obtain IP address automatically

Update network adapter driver

Also, make sure that you have the correct and latest drivers for your network adapter.

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter to open device manager.
  3. Locate and double click Network Adapters
  4. Locate your network devices right click it and select uninstall
  5. Once uninstalled, close the device manager and restart your computer
  6. Windows should automatically install the most suitable driver which should solve the problem if it’s because of driver issues.

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Steve Ballmer
With over 7 years of experience in the IT industry, I have experience in IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. Certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching.