Windows Could not Automatically Detect this Network's Proxy Settings

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It is difficult to argue that the Windows operating system with its latest version of Windows 10 is by far the best software on the market. There are no worthy analogues that could impose large-scale competition, and there will certainly not be any in the next decade.

But, like in any other software, various errors may occur in the operation of the operating system from Microsoft, the solution of which lies with the users themselves.

In the framework of this article, we should touch upon a rather atypical problem that appears on computers with Windows operating systems of different versions, and is accompanied by an explanation in the form “Windows Could not Automatically Detect this Network's Proxy Settings”.

Windows Could not Automatically Detect this Networks Proxy Settings

And about what is the reason for its occurrence, and how to solve this error and will be discussed further.

Reasons and Solutions

This message is provided to the user after using standard diagnostic tools called “Windows Network Diagnostics”. This action is caused by the lack of access to the network, with an active connection, that is, there is an actual connection to the network, but the most important (the Internet) is not.

Immediately it is worth noting that there are no specific reasons for the appearance of the error in question, since malfunctions in the Internet connection can be of a different nature, including the "clogging" of the operating system.

But despite this circumstance, in most cases, it is solved quite simply only by performing the following manipulations:

Solution for Windows 7/8

  • Press the key combination “WIN + S” and enter “cmd.exe” in the search box;
  • Right-click on the result and select "Run as administrator";

    Run as administrator Command Prompt

  • In the command prompt that opens, enter and execute the following commands one by one:
    • «Netshwinsockreset» - press Enter to execute;
    • «netshintip reset c:\netshlog.txt»* 

      execute the following commands one by one: Netshwinsockreset, netshintip  reset

These commands allow you to reset the established parameters of the TCP / IP protocols and write the logs on the basis of this log in the specified file, which, in theory, should return the performance of your system.

After completing them, the operating system will prompt you to restart the computer to save the changes, which should not be ignored.

Solution for Windows 10

The principle of operation is the same, and all of the above, including the execution of commands, will work on Windows 10, only in this version you can do it in an easier way, which does not require opening the command line console, namely:

  • Click on the "Start" button and select the "Settings" - "Network and Internet"; 

    Open Windows Settings and then Network & Internet

  • Confirm your choice by clicking on the “Network reset” button again. 

    In Left panel select Status and in right panel Network reset

    Confirm Network reset to click Reset now button

  • The computer will restart.

After turning on the computer, you should check the correctness of your Internet connection and make sure that there are no unauthorized changes in the settings of the proxy server, namely:

  • Click "Start" and select the "Utilities" folder, where open the "Control Panel";
  • Select the “Network and Internet” section and open “Internet Options”;

    Select Network and Internet section and open - Internet Options

  • In the "Properties" window that opens, go to the "Connections" tab;
  • Pay attention to the lower block “Local Area Network (LAN) settings” and click “LAN settings”; 

    Select Connections Tab - in Local Area Network Settings select: LAN settings

  • Disable all working parameters by unchecking them / the checkbox, click “OK” and save the “Properties” window with saving.

    Disable all working parameters by unchecking them / the checkbox, click OK and save Properties window with saving

  • If you use Windows 10, then additionally check that in the network settings, on the “Proxy” tab, only one item “Detect settings automatically” is active. As a check, you can disable this option, similar to working in the browser properties.

Any possible changes to the network settings could be caused by the activity of the virus software, so it will not be out of place to check the operating system with good antivirus software.


If none of the above helps, then you should use the system recovery functionality and roll back its state until the problem under consideration.

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