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

Windows users often encounter a yellow warning sign on the Wi-Fi icon in the system tray of the taskbar. So, if you right-click on the WiFi icon and select ‘Troubleshoot’ option, the error notification: Windows could not automatically detect this network’s proxy settings can appear.

The yellow sign doesn’t always mean an error message. But, this specific message appears when you are using a slow Internet connection. 

Mostly, this error can occur when the proxy settings or network settings are changed. If the system is infected by virus or malware, it can also lead to this error. 

To solve this error, this guide can help you a lot. So, let’s discuss the fixes. 

Hacks to Fix “Windows Could Not Automatically Detect This Network’s Proxy Settings Windows 10”

There are numerous ways to solve this error. But, you can start with the general troubleshooting method to eradicate this error. 

Procedure 1: General Troubleshooting Tips 

First, make sure that the driver of the network adapter you are using is the latest and correct one. 

Check Network Adapter Driver 

  1. First of all, invoke the Run dialog box by pressing the R and Win key simultaneously from the keyboard. 
  2. Type “hdwwiz.cpl” or “devmgmt.msc” in the box and hit the Enter key to proceed. 
  3. Search for the Network Adapter and click twice on it. 
  4. Next, locate the Network devices and right-click on them. Choose the “Uninstall” option from the list. 
  5. Once the uninstallation process completes, exit from the Device Manager and restart the system. 
  6. Now, windows will automatically install the newest driver. It may solve the ‘Windows could not automatically detect this network’s proxy settings’ error completely.  

You can also use the Windows in-built Network Adapter Troubleshooter that might solve this issue. It can also help you to save your effort and time since it fixes the issue automatically. 

Run Network Adapter Troubleshooter 

  • Open the Control Panel by going to the Start menu. 
  • Navigate to the ‘Network and Internet’ category. 
  • Afterward, go to the ‘Network and Sharing Center’ and tap on the ‘Troubleshooting problems’ button. 
  • Now, click on the ‘Network Adapter’ option and navigate to the Advanced tab. 
  • Next, tick the box that prompts ‘Apply repairs automatically’ and choose the ‘Run as administrator’ option. 
  • At last, tap on the Next button. 

Wait for a few seconds and check if the issue gets resolved. However, some users are facing certain problems while performing these steps. Hence, you can reset the Internet Explorer to get rid of this error as well. It will delete the personalized settings in network preference that you have changed recently. 

Reset Internet Explorer Settings  

  1. Open the Run dialog box and type “inetcpl.cpl” in the specific field. Tap on the OK button to proceed further. 
  2. Go to the Advanced tab and tap on the Reset button. 
  3. Now, check the ‘Delete personal settings’ box and tap on the Reset button. 

Once you complete the above steps, you can restart the system to save these changes. Now, you can check if the error is still there. 

If the general troubleshooting hacks failed to solve the error, you can perform the other solutions explained below. 

Procedure 2: Use Winsock Reset Commands

According to some users, they have solved this issue by resetting the Winsock command. Usually, by resettings the Winsock settings, you can revert to the clean state or default settings. 

Hence, if the ‘Windows could not automatically detect this network’s proxy settings’ error is occurring due to any changes in the Winsock settings, then this method will solve that problem. 

How to Reset the Winsock Command? 

  • First, go to the Start menu and type “cmd” in the search bar. 
  • Right-click on the “cmd” and click on the ‘Run as administrator’ option from the list. 
  • Then, type the command given below and hit the Enter key from the keyboard to run them: 

1st: netsh winsock reset

2nd: netsh int ip reset

3rd: ipconfig /release

4th: ipconfig /renew

5th: ipconfig /flushdns

After executing the above command, you can close the Command Prompt window and restart the system. Now, you can check if the error persists. If the error is not solved, perform the next procedure stated below. 

Procedure 3: Scan for Virus or Malware

The virus or malware invasion also can trigger this error in Windows. These often change the settings of the Internet and prevent access to the network’s proxy settings. It also converts all the traffic towards their preferred settings. 

The error can appear if you don’t have any antivirus program installed on your computer. Also, if you have installed any malicious software on the system.  So, here are steps to check for the infectious components in the computer: 

  1. First, open the antivirus program installed on your computer. 
  2. Search for the ‘Scan Now’ button to scan the entire system for any virus or malware. 

Now, wait for some time and check the scanning result. If the antivirus program detects any virus or malware on the computer, it will eliminate that from the system. Afterward, you can check whether the error is resolved. 

Tips to Make Windows Detect Network’s Proxy Settings: 

After applying the all above hacks, if you see that the ‘Windows could not automatically detect this network’s proxy settings’ error is still unresolved, follow these tips provided below: 

  • If this error is occurring due to corrupted files, you can restore the system to get rid of it.  Hence, restoring the computer is one of the best solutions, if you are facing the error after installing a certain program. 
  • You can also run the System File Checker to troubleshoot this error. To run this, open an elevated Command Prompt and execute the command “sfc /scannow.” Now, if there are any damaged system files in the system, it will repair them automatically.

With this, we are going to end this guide. Hopefully, after performing the above hacks it will surely help you to put an end to this bug. If none of these methods work for you, post your troubles in the comments segment below. 

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