How to fix “Windows Could Not Automatically Detect Network Proxy Settings” error

How to fix “Windows Could Not Automatically Detect Network Proxy Settings” error


2021-05-31 22:52:51

After asking Windows to fix your network errors for you, you may encounter the following message:

Windows could not automatically detect this network's proxy settings

What does this mean and how do you fix it? Let’s look at the Windows proxy settings and the steps to fix this.

1. 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.

2. 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, open Settings, select a category Network & Internet and switch to tab Proxy in the left sidebar.

Here, you will see a list of options related to the proxy server. If you are not using a proxy (as is the case with most home users), make sure the feature Use a proxy server near the end has been turned off. Leave settings as is Automatically detect settings in condition On, if it is already on.

Review proxy settings in Windows

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 the setting Automatically detect settings in proxy options and try again.

3. Run the Network Adapter Troubleshooter

When you right click on the network connection icon in your system tray and select troubleshoot it will run the troubleshooter Internet Connections. This is what leads to the error “Windows could not detect proxy settings”. But there is another network troubleshooter you can run that may provide more help.

Open again Settings and access Update & Security > Troubleshoot. Click Additional troubleshooters, then select Network Adapter from the list and go through the steps in the troubleshooter. As seasoned Windows users know, these troubleshooters won’t always fix your problem, but it’s still worth a try.

4. 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 remember that troubleshooting is similar to fixing Windows errors “No Internet Access” from this moment.

While it’s not technically related to proxy settings, a misconfigured IP address or DNS settings can also cause this error. To check these out, browse to Settings > Network & Internet > Status. Click the . button Change adapter options in the list to see all your network connections, then double-click the one you’re using.

Here, click the button Properties and double click Internet Protocol Version 4 in the list. Make sure you have selected Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically. Misconfigured settings here will prevent you from accessing the network.

Automatically get IP address and DNS information
Automatically get IP address and DNS information

5. 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 eliminate the proxy problem.

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

Then on the tab Driver, you can choose 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.

Update or restore network drivers
Update or restore network drivers

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

6. 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 no time. If you still have problems at this point, right click the button again lại Start 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

7. Review Firewalls, VPNs, and Antivirus Software

Review firewalls, VPNs, and antivirus software
Review firewalls, VPNs, and antivirus software

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

Try disabling your 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 interfering with regular network activity.

8. 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 can 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.

9. Use restore point điểm

The System Restore feature in Windows allows you to go back to a previous point when the computer was operating normally. If your problem started recently, you should try this to see if you can go back in time.

To access it, go to Settings > System > About. On the right sidebar, click System protection (expand window Settings horizontally if you don’t see it).

In the dialog box System Properties results on tab System Protection, click System Restore to open a new window. Windows will walk you through choosing a restore point and confirm it works. Of course, if your computer has not created any restore points, you cannot use this feature.

Use restore point
Use restore point

Note that using a restore point will delete any programs and drivers you have installed since doing that restore point. You can click Scan for affected programs on a restore point to see what it will do. System Restore will not affect any of your personal files.

Reset network settings
Reset network settings

After trying everything above, you should reset your entire network configuration in Windows. You’ve already spent a lot of time on this and resetting will clear up any nagging issues that are blocking your connection and giving rise to this “proxy settings cannot be detected” error.

Thankfully, Windows 10 makes it easy to reset the entire configuration. Open Settings > Network & Internet. On the tab Status, Find Network reset at the bottom and click it.

Note that this will delete all network information from the computer, so you will need to reconnect to the saved networks. If you agree with this, click Reset now. Your computer will do the reset, then reboot.

Hope you are succesful.


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