Windows Could Not Automatically Detect This Network’s Proxy Settings FIX - Windows Basics


Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Windows Could Not Automatically Detect This Network’s Proxy Settings FIX

Every operating system has some sort of problem and the same goes for Windows 10. Speaking of which, few Windows 10 users have been experiencing proxy issues.

According to users, they are getting Windows could not automatically detect this network’s proxy settings error message.

Windows has a built-in troubleshooting tool that lets you diagnose connectivity problems on your computer. When this tool detects a problem with your network, it fixes them automatically. Sometimes, it points out the problem and recommends probable solutions. At other times, the network troubleshooter describes the problem without proffering any solution.

A good example of the third instance is the Windows could not automatically detect this network’s proxy settings error. Obviously, this message tells you that there’s a problem with your network’s proxy settings. What it doesn’t reveal is how to fix the problem. 

A. Restart the computer and router

Before starting advanced troubleshooting, you should restart your device. It is likely that this will solve your problem in just a moment.

Since this error is often related to misconfigured settings on a computer, restarting the router may not help. But it's still worth a try whenever you have network problems of any kind.

If, after restarting the computer and router, the problem is still not fixed, continue with more detailed steps.

B. Review proxy settings in Windows

Since this issue is related to Windows proxy settings, this is the first place to check. To access proxy settings in Windows 10, 

1. Open Settings, select the Network & Internet category, and switch to the Proxy tab in the left sidebar.

2. Here you will see a list of options related to the proxy server. If you're not using a proxy (as is the case with most home users), make sure the Use a proxy server feature near the bottom is turned off. Leave the Automatically detect settings setting as On, if it is already on.

For users who connect to a proxy, such as in a business or school environment, you may want to check with your system administrator to make sure you have the correct proxy details here.

Then try to connect to the network again. If you still get the error, disable Automatically detect settings in proxy options and try again.

C. Run the Network Adapter Troubleshooter

When you right-click on the network connection icon in your System Tray and choose to troubleshoot, it runs the Internet Connections troubleshooter. This is what results in the Windows could not detect proxy settings error. But there's another network troubleshooter you can run that might provide more help.

On Windows 10

  • Open Settings again and visit Update & Security > Troubleshoot, followed by Additional troubleshooters. 

On Windows 11, 

  • Go to Settings > System > Troubleshoot > Other troubleshooters.

Choose Network Adapter from the list and walk through the troubleshooter. As seasoned Windows users know, these troubleshooters don't always fix your problem, but it's still worth a try.

D. Automatically get IP address and DNS information

As it turns out, there aren't many proxy server-specific troubleshooting steps. The article will share more tips below, but keep in mind that the troubleshooting is similar to fixing the Windows No Internet Access error from this point on.

While it's not technically related to proxy settings, a misconfigured IP address or DNS settings can also cause this error. 

On Windows 10

1. To check these, browse to Settings > Network & Internet > Status

2. Click the Change adapter options button in the list to see all your network connections, then double-click the one you're using.

3. Click the Properties button

4. Double-click Internet Protocol Version 4 in the list. Make sure that Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically are selected. Misconfigured settings here will prevent you from accessing the network.

On Windows 11, 

1. Go to Settings > Network & internet and choose Wi-Fi or Ethernet depending on the connection you're using. 

2. Then click your network name. If you don't see Automatic (DHCP) next to both IP assignment and DNS server assignment, click the Edit button next to both and set them to this value.

E. Update or restore network drivers

Outdated network drivers can lead to connection problems. Similarly, you may have recently installed a corrupt update for your network driver. In either case, replacing the driver can get rid of the proxy problem.

1. Right-click the Start button and select Device Manager to open this utility. Expand the Network adapters section and double-click the connection you use.

2. Then on the Driver tab, you can select Roll Back Driver to uninstall the latest update and roll back to the previous version. Use this if you started having this problem after an update - it may not be available in all cases.

3. Select Update Driver and you can check for new updates over the Internet. However, this probably won't help, so you'll need to update your driver manually by downloading it from the manufacturer.

F. Reset network configuration via Command Prompt

Windows offers many network troubleshooting tools through the Command Prompt. A few quick commands can usually solve your problem in a moment. If you're still having issues at this point, right-click the Start button again and open Command Prompt with admin rights (or PowerShell with admin rights).

Then run the following commands, one by one. They will reset various network functions of the computer, such as deleting old connection data and obtaining a new IP address from the router:

netsh winsock reset

netsh int ip reset

ipconfig /release

ipconfig /renew

ipconfig /flushdns

G. Review firewalls, VPNs, and antivirus software

Next, you should make sure you don't have a firewall, VPN, or security suite interfering with your network connection. Perhaps the software you selected has an update that changed an option without your knowledge, or you just installed a new application that changed the proxy settings for some reason.

Try disabling the firewall, VPN and anti-virus software one by one, then see if the error goes away. If so, the problem lies with one of those apps. You will need to configure them to avoid affecting network activity frequently.

H. Scan for malware

Some malware can constantly mess with proxy settings and prevent you from going online. If you encounter the message "Windows could not detect this network's proxy settings" every time you reboot, you may be a victim of this.

Therefore, you should scan with a reliable anti-malware application, such as Malwarebytes. This will detect any malware running on your system and remove it. If the scan finds any signs of infection, take the recommended action and see if your connection is back to normal.

I. Reset Your Network Settings

After trying everything above, you should resort to a full reset of your network configuration in Windows. You've already spent a lot of time working on this, and a reset should clear whatever persistent problem is blocking your connection with this cannot detect proxy settings error.

On Windows 10 makes it easy to reset your whole configuration. 

Open Settings > Network & Internet. On the Status tab, find Network reset at the bottom and click it. 

On Windows 11, 

this is under Settings > Network & internet > Advanced network settings > Network reset instead.

Be aware that this will remove all network information from your computer, so you'll need to reconnect to saved networks again. If you're OK with this, click Reset now. Your computer will perform the reset, then restart.

Hope you are succesful.

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