How to Configure a Network Proxy in Windows 10

12-10-2023 | Property Development

A network proxy acts as an intermediary between the local network (such as all devices within the building or in a company) and the internet. It provides an extra layer of security, privacy and can improve performance on a device connected to Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection.

To set up a proxy in Windows 10 you can either use the settings app, or manually modify your configuration. If you’re using the Settings app, choose Proxy under Network & Internet. You can skip this step if the Use a Proxy Server switch is already turned off. If not, you can turn it on and fill in your proxy server’s address as well as 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 use a Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol (WPAD) script to set up the proxy automatically. This method is more reliable than manual configuration.

It is also recommended to disable any third-party programs that may interfere with or alter your network settings. This includes firewall, antivirus, and VPN programs. This is especially helpful when 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 attempt a reset of the system. This will erase all programs and drivers installed since the restore point was made, allowing your system install default settings. It is hoped that this will fix the issue and allow you to connect to the internet, without the error message appearing.


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