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12 Oct 2023

A network proxy is a middleman that acts between local devices (such as devices inside the building or in a company) and an internet connection. It can offer an additional layer of privacy, security and improve performance when connected to Wi-Fi or Ethernet.

You can set up the proxy option on Windows 10 either manually or using the Settings app. If you’re using the settings app, click Network & Internet and select Proxy. If the Use a proxy server switch is turned off, you can skip this step. If not, turn it on and then fill in your proxy server address and port details.

If you’re using proxy servers in a workplace or school setting, you may be prompted by the IT administrator to make use of a Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol (WPAD) script to automate configuration. This method is more reliable than manual configuration.

You should also consider disabling any third-party software which could interfere with your connection to the internet or altering your settings. This includes firewall, antivirus, and VPN applications. This is particularly useful when the error message that you are getting says “Windows did not detect automatically the proxy settings for this particular network.”

If all else fails, you can perform a system reset. This will remove any programs and drivers that have been installed since the restore point has been set up, allowing you to restore your system’s default settings. It is hoped that this will fix the problem and allow you to connect to the internet, without the error message appearing.