Windows 10 is generally a stable OS, but just like everything else tech, it also runs into bugs and glitches from time to time. In this article, we’re talking about the “remote device won’t accept the connection” error in Windows.
Why does it happen?
There are several reasons why you might be seeing the ‘remote device won’t accept the connection’ error, and the most popular ones include:
- Incorrect proxy settings.
- Incorrect settings in Edge.
- Improperly configured firewall.
- Issues with IP configuration.
- Antivirus program messing with network settings.
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How to fix this?
Here are a few simple solutions you can try out to fix the ‘remote device won’t accept the connection’ error.
Disable any firewalls
If you’re using any third-party firewalls, now’s the time to disable them to see if they’re blocking the program you’re trying to use. The same goes for any third-party antiviruses.
If your Windows firewall is blocking the connection, refer to this guide to see how you can unblock the program.
Reset your proxy settings
Since incorrect proxy settings are the leading cause of this error, set them to default to see if that solves your problem.
Step 1: Press Windows Key + I to open Windows Settings. Click on Network and Internet.
Step 2: Head over to the Proxy tab and ensure that the Automatically detect settings toggle is enabled.
If this doesn’t work, get in touch with your network administrator and find out the correct proxy settings for the network.
Security apps and Antiviruses
Although sparingly, but antiviruses, antimalware or other security apps may disable your machine’s internet access to protect it from any malware that might be on your device.
Try disabling any such apps on your system and reconnect to the network to check it resolves your issue.
Reset Internet Explorer
This might seem odd, but resetting Internet Explorer might fix this issue for you.
Step 1: Open Internet Explorer and click on the settings icon in the top-right, followed by Internet Options.
Step 2: Head over to the Advanced tab and click Reset.
Step 3: Check the Delete personal settings checkbox and click Reset.
Restart your computer, and the browser should be back to normal.
Reset your DNS
If you’re running custom DNS settings, whether on purpose or by mistake, having them set incorrectly can cause internet connectivity issues.
Flushing your DNS settings can set them back to the default values and can resolve such issues. Here’s how.
Step 1: Press Windows key + R, type cmd and hit the Enter key.
Step 2: Type in ipconfig /flushdns and hit enter. This will reset your DNS settings to their defaults.
You can take this a step further and reset files that Windows uses to access the internet using these commands back to back.
netsh winsock reset netsh int ip reset
If you suspect an issue with your router’s DHCP assignment, use these commands to release your old IP and request a new one.
ipconfig /release ipconfig /renew
If that doesn’t work either, you can use the following commands in the order that they’re listed to reset your network stack.
ipconfig/flushdns nbtstat -R nbtstat -RR netsh int ip reset C:\resetlog.txt netsh winsock reset
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