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Windows could not automatically detect this network’s proxy settings: 10 Fixes

If you’re in a business or school setting, chances are you’re going through a proxy network for security and efficiency reasons. However, they don’t always work as intended.

In this article, we’re talking about what you can do if Windows isn’t able to detect a network’s proxy settings automatically.


Restart your router

As always, the first step of troubleshooting anything is to reboot the device that may be causing the issue.

It almost seems like a joke now, but rebooting your device actually does have some pretty surprising results, and you might be able to resolve many seemingly random issues.

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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 machine. 

Try disabling any such apps on your system and reconnect to the network to check it resolves your issue. 


Check your Windows Proxy settings

Now is also a good idea to check whether your proxy settings are in place.

Step 1: Press Windows Key + I to open Windows Settings. Click on Network and Internet.

Windows could not automatically detect this network's proxy settings: 10 Fixes

Step 2: Head over to the Proxy tab and ensure that the Automatically detect settings toggle is enabled.

Windows could not automatically detect this network's proxy settings: 10 Fixes

If this doesn’t work, get in touch with your network administrator and find out the correct proxy settings for the network.


Check your DNS settings

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.

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Step 2: Type in ipconfig /flushdns and hit enter. This will reset your DNS settings to their defaults.

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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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Check for IP /DNS conflicts

If you can connect to other networks just fine, it could indicate an IP conflict on your router. 

Another way to confirm this is to ping your router’s default address through the command prompt. Type in ping [router IP address] in the command prompt, and if you get a Request timed out error, you’re most probably having an IP conflict issue. Here’s how you can fix this.

Step 1: Press Windows key + I to open the Windows settings.

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Step 2: Click on Network & Internet.

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Step 3: Click on Change adaptor options.

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Step 4: Right-click on your Wi-Fi network and click Properties.

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Step 5: Find Internet Protocol Version 4 in the list, click on it and then click Properties. 

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Step 6: Make sure that all settings are set to automatic. 

How to fix the 'WiFi connected but no internet access' issue?

Now reconnect to your network, and it should connect seamlessly.


Check your drivers

Your Wi-Fi card’s drivers could also be causing connectivity issues. Try connecting to the internet using either an ethernet connection or any other alternatives and follow these steps to get your drivers in place.

Step 1: Press Windows key + R, type in devmgmt.msc and hit enter.

How to fix the 'WiFi connected but no internet access' issue?

Step 2: Double click Network adaptors to expand it and right click your Wi-Fi card. Click on Update driver.

How to fix the 'WiFi connected but no internet access' issue?

Step 3: Select Search automatically for drivers, and Windows will find and install any available updates. 

How to fix the 'WiFi connected but no internet access' issue?

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Run the Windows troubleshooter

Windows 10 comes with many handy troubleshooters that are quite effective at rooting out problems from your PC. Try running the Network Adaptor troubleshooter to see if it can resolve the issue. 

Step 1: Press Windows Key + I to open Windows Settings. Click on Update and Security. 

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Step 2: Head over to the Troubleshoot tab and click on Additional troubleshooter.

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Step 3: Find and run the Network Adaptor troubleshooter.

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Once the troubleshooter has finished running, restart your PC and try again.


Update your network adaptor

Out of date drives on your network adaptor can cause all sorts of random bugs and glitches. Here’s how you can update the driver on your network adaptor. 

Step 1: Press Windows key + R, type in devmgmt.msc and hit enter.

How to fix the 'WiFi connected but no internet access' issue?

Step 2: Double click Network adaptors to expand it and right click your Wi-Fi card. Click on Update driver.

How to fix the 'WiFi connected but no internet access' issue?

Step 3: Select Search automatically for drivers, and Windows will find and install any available updates. 

How to fix the 'WiFi connected but no internet access' issue?

Restart your PC and try again.

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Reset your network settings

If nothing else works, try resetting the network settings on your PC, This should reset your entire network stack and help the data go through. 

Step 1: Press Windows Key + I to open Windows Settings. Click on Update and Security. 

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Step 2: Scroll down to find the Network reset option. Click on it to reset your PC’s network stack.

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Once the reset is complete, restart your PC and try again. This should fix the network discover turned off error on Windows 10.


Run system restore

Restoring your system to an earlier point in time can also fix the problem if you made a system restore point. 

Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for Reset this PC. Then, launch the Recovery setting from the search results. 

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Step 2: Click on Open System Restore. 

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Step 3: Select the recommended restore point and click the Next button to proceed. 

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