How to fix INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND Microsoft Edge error

Microsoft Edge is effectively the modern Internet Explorer and now part of the Windows 10 operating system. Both Edge and Explorer are still available, however, Explorer has largely been superseded by Microsoft Edge as the default browser since the launch of Windows 10. Microsoft Edge is not the most popular browser but nevertheless has some good features.

Microsoft Edge has a market share (albeit a small one) and offers features that are also found in other browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. One of the biggest differences between Microsoft Edge and other popular browser is that Edge is not a third-party browser and is pre-installed with every copy of Windows 10. Some users prefer Microsoft Edge, and this is often simply a matter of choice. There can, however, be problems with all browsers, including Microsoft Edge. Switching browsers might be a solution but bear in mind that there is no perfect browser and you might encounter certain problems will all available browsers.

Microsoft Edge users might encounter the "NET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND" error when trying to open a specific website. This error message usually states that there is a temporary DNS error, the page could not be found, or the connection to the DNS server has timed out. Many users report that they encounter this problem when trying to access one of Google's pages. In fact, this problem can also occur when attempting to access other websites.

The "NET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND" error does not necessarily indicate that there is a problem with Microsoft Edge and, in many cases, this error does not seem to have a specific cause. I.e. there could be a number of different reasons for the issue. In this article, we provide various possible solutions to the "NET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND" error.


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Repair Microsoft Edge App

First, attempt to repair the Microsoft Edge app using its settings. This repair option is often used when the app is not working correctly. Type "edge" in Search and right-click the "Microsoft Edge" result. Then select the "App settings" option from the contextual menu.

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Now scroll down and find the "Repair" button. Click it and relaunch the Microsoft Edge app.

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Run a winsock reset 

Try to reset the Winsock Catalog by using a number of 'netsh' commands. netsh is a command-line scripting utility that allows you to, either locally or remotely, display or modify the network configuration of a computer currently running. netsh also provides a scripting feature that allows you to run a group of commands in batch mode against a specified computer.

You will first need to open an elevated Command Prompt. Type "command prompt" in Search and right-click on the "Command Prompt" result. Choose "Run as administrator" to run it with administrative privileges. When you select "Run as administrator", a User Account Control prompt will appear asking if you allow the Command Prompt to make changes to your computer. Click "Yes".

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Type these two commands and press Enter after each:

"netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt"
"netsh winsock reset".

Close Command Prompt and restart the computer.

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Use InPrivate window

Microsoft Edge InPrivate window removes most private data components so that they do not remain after the current session (when you close the Incognito window). In InPrivate window, no other users of your computer can see your activity. Your saved bookmarks and downloads, however, are saved. This mode does not save cookies, site data, browsing history, or information you enter into forms.

Try to visit websites in a new InPrivate window by clicking the three dots in the top-right corner and select "New InPrivate window" from the drop-down menu. All new tabs in that window will be opened using InPrivate mode. Check if you still receive the "INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND" error when trying to visit a specific website.

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Change UAC settings

User Account Control (UAC) is a Windows security feature that prevents the Windows operating system from making unauthorized changes. These changes could otherwise be made by users, applications, or even viruses. User Account Control is responsible for ensuring that any changes that are made by an administrator obtain approval first. When you attempt to make important changes, Windows User Account Control verifies if you actually want to allow a particular app to make changes to the device. At this point, you must give permission, otherwise changes are not approved or executed. You might be able to fix the "INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND" error by changing the UAC settings. Type "user account control" in Search and click the "Change User Account Control settings" result.

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Choose when to be notified about changes to your computer. We recommend that you set the slider to the third position from the bottom (or second from the top). You will then be notified only when apps attempt to make changes to your computer. Click "OK" to effect the changes and exit the User Account Control Settings window. Check if this resolves the problem.

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Change DNS settings

In this method, we show how to change Domain Name System (DNS) settings and use the Google Public DNS, a free alternative DNS service offered to internet users everywhere. The public DNS service and servers are maintained and owned by Google. It functions as a recursive name server providing domain name resolution for any host on the internet. We recommend that you use Google DNS for a faster and secure connection. Furthermore, using Google DNS might resolve the "INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND" error.

To change your DNS server to Google's DNS server, go to Network Connections settings. Right-click the Start menu and select the "Network Connections" option, or go to Settings and click "Network & Internet".

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In the Network & Internet settings window, select your connection type (in our case, "Ethernet") on the left pane and then click "Change adapter options" on the right pane.

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Right-click on your network connection and select "Properties" from the contextual menu.

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Select "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" item and click the "Properties" button.

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The Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties window will appear. Select the "Use the following DNS server addresses" option and assign as the "Preferred DNS server" and as the "Alternate DNS server". Save the changes by clicking "OK" and restart the computer. Then reopen Microsoft Edge and try to access the internet. Check if the "INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND" error persists.

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We hope that one of the methods solved the problem and you are now able to visit websites without receiving the "INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND" error. If you know of other solutions to this problem, not mentioned in our guide, please share them with us by leaving a comment in the section below.

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Tomas Meskauskas

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