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 within an office or building) and the internet network. It can offer an additional layer of privacy, security and enhance performance when connected to Wi-Fi or Ethernet.

To set up a proxy in Windows 10 you can either use the settings app, or manually edit your configuration. If you’re using the Settings app, click Proxy under Network & Internet. If the Use a proxy server switch is off, then you can skip this step. In other cases, turn the switch on and then fill in your proxy server address and port information.

You may be requested by an IT administrator to use the Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol script (WPAD) in the event that you are using a proxy in a work or school environment. This method is more reliable that manual configuration.

You should also disable any third-party applications 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’re receiving states that “Windows could not automatically detect the proxy settings for this network.”

If all else fails, you can perform a system reset. This will remove any drivers and programs that have been installed since the restore point has been created, allowing you to install the default settings of your system. This should solve the issue and allow you to connect to the internet without encountering the error message.