How To Fix "Windows could not automatically detect network’s proxy settings" Problem?

How To Fix "Windows could not automatically detect network’s proxy settings" Problem On Windows 10

A proxy server is a link between your Windows 10 computer (or other device) and the Internet. This server makes requests to websites, servers, and services on the Internet on your behalf. A proxy server can reside on the user's local computer, or at various points between the user's computer and destination servers on the Internet.

For example, if you use a web browser set to use a proxy server to visit www.somewebpage.com, after you type www.somewebpage.com, the request is sent to the proxy server. The server then sends the request to the server where the website is hosted. The homepage of the somewebpage website is returned to the proxy server, which then returns the homepage to you.

Proxy servers are used for legal and illegal purposes. Companies use proxy servers to make security aspects easier, for administrative control, or caching services, etc. In a personal computing context, proxy servers can be used to facilitate user privacy and anonymous browsing. Proxy servers can also be used for the opposite purpose: to monitor traffic and undermine other users' privacy.

You may have the message "Windows could not automatically detect network’s proxy settings" when troubleshooting on your Windows operating system. This error can appear without prior warning and prevent you from using the Internet. There are several reasons for this, such as a change in your system proxy settings or other networking settings. It can also be caused by malware. If troubleshooting does not help you to fix this problem, you may need to address it manually. In this article, we show you what to do if you receive the "Windows could not automatically detect network’s proxy settings" error on your Windows operating system.

How To Fix Windows could not automatically detect network’s proxy settings Problem On Windows 10

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Check Your Proxy

To check your proxy settings, open the Network and Sharing center. Go to Control Panel and click "View network status and tasks" under "Network and Internet". Then, click "Internet options".

check your proxy step 1

In the Internet Properties window, click the "Connections" tab, and then click "LAN settings".

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In the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings window, ensure that the "Use a proxy server for your LAN" checkbox under "Proxy server" is not marked. Click "OK" to save these settings.

check your proxy step 3

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Change Proxy Settings

You can fix the "Windows could not automatically detect network’s proxy settings" error by changing your proxy settings from Windows Settings. First, go to Settings. In the Settings window, click "Network & Internet".

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In the Network & Internet window, click "Proxy" on the left pane and then switch off "Automatically detect settings" under "Automatic proxy setup".

change proxy settings step 2

This solution sometimes helps to fix the problem when Windows is unable to detect network proxy settings automatically.

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Reset TCP/IP

This method is also simple by executing a command in Command Prompt. Open Command Prompt from Search - right-click on it and run as administrator.

reset tcpip step 1

Once you are in the Command Prompt window, type the "netsh int ip reset resetlog.txt" command and press Enter on your keyboard.

reset tcpip step 2

Restart your computer to check if you are still receiving the "Windows could not automatically detect network’s proxy settings" error.

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Run SFC Scan

Use Command Prompt and the "sfc/scannow" command - this is one of the switches available in the "sfc" command. This command runs System File Checker, which resolves various system problems. It inspects all important Windows files on your computer, including DLL files. System File Checker replaces protected files if there are any issues with them. There are reports that running this tool actually helped to solve the "Windows could not automatically detect network’s proxy settings" problem. To open Command Prompt, type "command prompt" in Search and right-click on the "Command Prompt" result. Select "Run as administrator" from the drop-down menu to run it with administrator privileges.

run sfc scan step 1

In the Command Prompt window, type "sfc/scannow" and press Enter on your keyboard. It will start scanning your system for errors and may take a while.

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If the SFC scan does not help, you might also need to perform a DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) scan. This can be used to repair and prepare Windows images, including the Windows Recovery Environment, Windows Setup, and Windows PE. To run a DISM scan, open Command Prompt as administrator and type in this command: "DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth". Press Enter on your keyboard to execute it. After running this scan, to run a SCF scan again (in case you were previously not able to perform this scan).

run sfc scan step 3

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Uninstall You Antivirus

Some users report that antivirus software (such as AVG) is associated with the "Windows could not automatically detect network’s proxy settings" error. If you suspect this is the case, uninstall it from your Windows operating system. If your Internet connection works after the uninstall, you can reinstall your antivirus software (we recommend the latest version), or switch to different antivirus software.

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Restart Your Network Adapter

For this one, open Network and Sharing Center through the Control Panel and click "Change adapter settings" on the left pane.

restart your network adapter step 1

Find your network connection and right-click on it, and then select "Disable" from the drop-down menu. We suggest you to wait for about half a minute and then enable it again by right-clicking on the same network connection, and then selecting "Enable" from the drop-down menu.

restart your network adapter step 2

After restarting your network adapter, the issue might be resolved and you will be able to connect to the Internet.

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Enable 'Obtain DNS server address automatically'

To set the "Obtain DNS server address automatically" option, go to Network and Sharing Center and click your connection (in our case, "Ethernet").

enable obtain dns server address automatically step 1

In your connection status window, click "Properties".

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In the Properties window, select "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" and then click "Properties".

enable obtain dns server address automatically step 3

In the Internet Protocol Version 4 Properties window, select the "Obtain DNS server address automatically" option and click "OK" to save changes. After completing these steps, the problem with proxy settings should be solved and you should be able to connect to the Internet without any problems.

enable obtain dns server address automatically step 4

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Reset Internet Settings

The "Windows could not automatically detect network’s proxy settings" error can be solved by resetting your Internet settings to default. To do this, type "internet options" in Search and open the "Internet Options" result by clicking it.

reset internet settings step 1

In the Internet Properties window, click the last tab called "Advanced" and click "Reset..." at the bottom.

reset internet settings step 2

Click "Reset" and mark the "Delete personal settings" checkbox if you want to clear your personal data such as home pages, temporary Internet files, history, cookies, passwords, etc. After resetting your Internet options, the proxy issue should be resolved.

reset internet settings step 3

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Restore Your System

You can use Windows System Restore, a recovery tool that allows you to reverse changes made to the operating system. It can be used to return important files and settings, drivers, and registry keys. Using this tool, you can return to previous Windows versions and settings - it work rather like an "Undo" button, but more complex. This might help you to resolve the "Windows could not automatically detect network’s proxy settings" problem. To restore your system, type "system restore" in Search and click the "Create a restore point" result.

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The System Properties window will open. Ensure that you are on the "System Protection" tab and then click "System Restore...".

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Click "Next" to proceed.

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You should see a list of restore points. Select a suitable restore point and click "Next".

restore your system step 4

You will be asked to confirm your restore point. Your computer will be restored to that state when you click "Finish". System Restore will restart your computer to apply these changes. After restoration, the proxy error should be resolved.

restore your system step 5

We hope the steps in this guide helped you to resolve the "Windows could not automatically detect network’s proxy settings" error and that you can now use the Internet without proxy issues.

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