Learn how to fix "Windows could not automatically detect this network’s proxy settings" error, while you can't connect to the web in Windows 10.

We’ve discussed various network issues for Windows 10 in our past, which you can read from this page:

Read fixes regarding network problems

This article addresses a new issue regarding proxy settings while connecting to the Internet. In this case, users may find trouble with their network connection which results in intermittent connectivity or limited connection. If you run Windows  Network Diagnostics or Network Adapter troubleshooter, you’ll see this unresolved message:

Windows could not automatically detect this network’s proxy settings

FIX - Windows Could Not Automatically Detect This Networks Proxy Settings

If you’re also victim of this weird problem, please confirm following things and see if they helps:

  • Check your system date and time and make sure they’re correctly set
  • Update your network drivers, replace faulty network card, if it exists (verify this with the help of hardware technician)
  • Temporarily uninstall third-party antivirus tools

There is no selective fix which could help you to solve this problem. But we’ve sorted a few fixes which have generally helped users till now to solve this hiccup. Those collection of fixes are enlisted here. They may individually or collectively solve this issue for you.

FIX : Windows Could Not Automatically Detect This Network’s Proxy Settings

FIX 1 – Disable Proxy Settings

This problem could mainly occur if there is no need of proxy settings for your connection. If this is true, disabling proxy settings should help to resolve the problem.

FIX - Windows Could Not Automatically Detect This Networks Proxy Settings

Here are complete steps to disable proxy settings in Windows:

Check complete steps to disable proxy settings in Windows 10

FIX 2 – Reset Windows Sockets

Another factor that may cause this issue could be corruption of Windows Sockets registry entries. If those registry entries are corrupted, or missing, you can’t connect your machine to web at all because the network protocols are directly dependent upon them.

FIX - Windows Could Not Automatically Detect This Networks Proxy Settings

This detailed post will help you to reset Windows Sockets registry entries:

Read complete fix to reset Windows Sockets registry entries

Hope this helps! See this fix if you’re facing invalid IP problem with Windows.


  • Thank you very much for your post. You had the only site out of the 20 or 30 I looked at, tried to do all 507,000 google hits but gave up, that had the exact picture of my problem. I had removed Kaspersky and done multiple ip resets to no avail. Your tip seemed to do the trick. BTW it was disable auto detect and a full ip stack, log etc reset. Bill Gates, the only person in the world who can say “if only I had a nickle for every time windows crashed or froze or bsod, why I’d be….oh wait, I am.” Thank you again.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad we could help 😎

  • Thank you Kapil. After spending over 5 hours trial and error and thought I have a faulty mother board of my laptop. I accidentally found this post and bingo, once I reset the windows sockets, my wifi is back and connect to internet with no problem. Thank you so much.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Thanks for your feedback!

  • I m facing this problem in window 7 I m not able to connect wifi 📶 what to do ???

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ This works in Windows 7 too and you can try the steps 😊

  • Hello,

    I have encountered this issue on an Alienware 17 R4. What I have done so far is this:

    Disabled Proxy Settings in the LAN options
    Auto Detect left on
    Reset Network Adapters
    Ran the netsh int ip reset resetlog.txt command
    Ran netsh winsock reset
    Mutliple Restarts
    Updated the Registry to allow the reset log command (was getting access denied at first)
    Disabled P2P Sharing

    The only this I have not done is Group Policy Editor because it does not exist on the version of Windows we have. In addition I cannot access the internet to download it.

    I am able to connect to some websites on the internet and perform a speed test. The most accurate speed test will give a 2-10 ms ping with a .22 kbps download and 11-13 Mbps upload.

    I have followed every step I could find and none of them are working.

    Any Advice?

  • Hi Kapil, thanks for the post. I’m currently using an Askey router with a TP Link WR541G connected as an access point using LAN ports. DHCP is disconnected in the TP link router so it just gives me wifi signal in the 3rd floor and a few LAN ports. Im having intermittent problems with my connection (like sometimes I can only browse google or facebook, or use facebook chat but not any other website) but some other times it works fine. When I run the network troubleshooting it says that Windows Could Not Automatically Detect This Network’s Proxy Settings. I alredy tried a lot of the fixes that you listed and a few more things that I found online but I had no success. Even replaced the Winsock and Winsock2. Got any advice? Thank you

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Hey, please try the Network Reset and see if that helps you in this case: https://www.kapilarya.com/how-to-reset-network-settings-to-default-in-windows-10

  • Hey Kapil when I am using fix 1and after checking that automatic setting option my ok button is not responding

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Try rebooting the machine and see if it works then.

  • Hi,
    I have tried all the steps mentioned above, but I am still getting that error. Any further suggestion? I am using Windows 10.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ You can try Network Reset.

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