Fix: Windows Could not Automatically Detect this Network’s Proxy Settings

Sometimes you might see a yellow warning sign on your Wi-Fi name in the system tray. If you right click the Wi-Fi name and select Troubleshoot then you will most likely see the error with a message “Windows could not automatically detect this network’s proxy settings”. Although the yellow warning sign doesn’t always mean that you will get this error but it’s highly likely especially if you can’t use your internet or if your internet is really slow. This error can appear at any time without any prior signs and will most likely prevent you from using the internet.

The error can be caused by a change in proxy settings of your Windows. The change in settings can be caused by an infection or change in system files and network settings or file corruptions that will lead to change in network settings. All of these can be caused by malware or because of some system file issues on your computer which can also prevent an internet connection from being established in Windows.

You should go through the general troubleshooting first to eliminate any possibility. If the general troubleshooting doesn’t solve the problem then move towards the solution methods because those are in detail.

General Troubleshooting

First of all, make sure that you have the correct and latest drivers for your network adapter. Follow the steps below to solve the issue of drivers

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type devmgmt.msc or hdwwiz.cpl and press Enter
    Type devmgmt.msc and Press Enter to Open Device Manager
  3. Locate and double click Network Adapters
  4. Locate your network devices right click it and select uninstall
  5. Once uninstalled, close the device manager and restart your computer
  6. Windows should automatically install the most suitable driver which should solve the problem if it’s because of driver issues.

You can also use the Windows own Network Adapter Troubleshooter that might fix your problem. This will save you time and effort since it solves the problems on its own.

  1. Press Windows key once
  2. Type control panel in the Start Search bar and click Control Panel when it appears in the search results
  3. Click Network and Internet
  4. Click Network and Sharing Center
    Network and sharing center – Control Panel
  5. Click Troubleshoot problems
  6. Click Network Adapter
  7. Click Advanced
  8. Check the option that says Apply repairs automatically and click Run as administrator
  9. Click Next

Wait for it to finish and then check if the problem is solved or not.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings also solves the problem for many users. This will delete your personal settings that you might have set yourself so keep that in mind.

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type inetcpl.cpl and press Enter
  3. Click Advanced tab
  4. Click on Reset…
  5. Check the option that says Delete personal settings
  6. Click Reset

Restart your computer once you are finished and then check whether the problem is still there or not.


  1. Press “Windows” + “I” to open settings.
  2. Click on the “Network and Internet” option.
    Selecting “Network and Internet” Options
  3. Select “Proxy” from the left pane and uncheck the “Use a Proxy Server” option.
  4. Check to see if the issue persists.

Method 1: Using Winsock Reset Commands

The very first thing you should do is reset the Winsock with the commands given below. Basically what you will do by following the commands given below is reset the Winsock settings back to the default or clean state. So if any changes were made that were causing the issue the problem should solve with this method.

  1. Press Windows key once
  2. Type cmd in the Start Search box
  3. Right-click on the Command Prompt and click Run as administrator…
  4. Type in the following command and press “Enter”.
     netsh winsock reset catalog

  5. Now restart your computer and check whether the problem is solved or not. If its still there then continue.
  6. Type in the following command and press enter.
    netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log
  7. Then type the following commands.
    netsh int ipv6 reset reset.log
    ipconfig /flushdns
    ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /renew
  8. Type exit and press Enter

Now check if the problem is solved or not. If the problem isn’t solved then restart your computer and then check.

Method 2: Uncheck Proxy Server Option

Going to the internet options given in your Windows and unchecking the proxy server option solves the problem as well. Basically you are turning off the option that tells your computer to use certain proxy settings. Whether you turned it on yourself or not, it’s a good thing to turn it off so that Windows can automatically detect proxy settings.

  1. Hold Windows key and press R
  2. Type inetcpl.cpl and press Enter
  3. Click Connections tab
  4. Click LAN Settings button
  5. Uncheck the option that says Use proxy servers for your LAN (these settings will not apply to dial-up or VPN connections) under proxy server section
  6. Click ok and then click ok again.

Now check your internet connection and it should work fine now.

Method 3: Check for Infections

Sometimes malware or infection might be causing this issue. There is a lot of malware that changes the settings of your internet to either stop your access to the internet or make all your traffic go towards their preferred settings so that it can be watched.

This is an extreme case but not an impossible one. This can be the issue for you especially if you don’t have any Antivirus or the issue started after installing new software.

Follow the steps given below to check whether the issue is because of an infection or not

  1. Use an Antivirus to scan your computer thoroughly. You can use any Antivirus but we recommend Malware Bytes. Go here and download the Malware Bytes for your computer and install it.
  2. Scan your computer and see if it gets any infections. If Malware Bytes catches some bad files then delete those and then check if the issue is still there or not.

Method 4: System Restore

If the issue is caused by a change in settings because of file corruption or infection then performing a System Restore is also a good option. Performing a System Restore is the best option especially if the problem is new or started after downloading a certain software.

Go here for a complete step by step guide to restoring your system from a System Restore Point. Try to go back to a point when you are sure you didn’t have this problem. Once you are done, check to see if the problem is still there or not.

Method 5: SFC scan

Since your problem can be because of corrupted system files that changed the internet settings, perform the SFC scan is a good option and solves the problem for many users. Basically SFC scan scans your system files and replaces any corrupted ones with the correct ones that are stored in your system.

So if the problem was because of corrupted files, the SFC scan should solve it.

  1. Press Windows key once
  2. Type cmd in the Start Search box
  3. Right-click on the Command Prompt and click Run as administrator…
  4. Type SFC /scannow and press Enter

  5. Wait for it to finish. You will see the results

Method 6: Network Reset

In certain cases, some network restrictions or Firewall configurations can prevent the computer from being able to connect to the internet. It is also possible that certain network configurations have been outdated on your computer. Therefore, in this step, we will be performing a network reset. For that:

  1. Press “Windows” + “I” to open the settings.
  2. In the settings, click on the “Network and Internet” option and then select “Status” from the left pane.
    Selecting “Network and Internet” Options
  3. In here, click on the “Network Reset” option at the end of the list and select the “Reset Now” button.
    Press Reset Network Button
  4. Check to see if the issue persists after the network has been reset.

Method 7: Resetting Network Adapter

It is possible that the network adapter has acquired some incorrect configurations which are preventing it from being able to function properly. Therefore, in this step, we will be resetting the network adapter. In order to do so, follow the guide below.

  1. Press “Windows” + “R” to open the Run prompt.
  2. Type in “ncpa.cpl” and press “Enter” to open the Network Connections settings.
    Running Network settings
  3. In the Network Connections, right-click on the Network Adapter that you are using and select “Disable”.
    Disable Network Connection
  4. After some time, right-click on it again and click on “Enable”.
  5. Wait some time and check to see if the issue still persists.

Once the scan is finished and successful, try to check the internet again and see if the problem is there or not.

Method 8: Using Command Prompt to fix services

There are some services that are responsible for setting up new connections and make sure that all the configurations are working as they should. However, these services can be stopped by a third-party bad tweaking program. To fix this issue, follow these steps:-

  1. Search for Command Prompt in the search bar.
  2. Right-click on the Command Prompt and run it as an administrator.
  3. Type the following commands one by one to enable the essential configuration services:-
    sc config Wlansvc start= demand
    sc config dot3svc start= demand
    sc config Dhcp start= auto
  4. Now restart your computer and check to see if the issue persists.

Method 9: Setting up Static IP address

Setting up your Static IP can potentially fix this issue as you will manually configure the essential settings that are required to run the network smoothly. Fortunately, we have an article on this topic with a detailed explanation and methods to set up a Static IP address. You can check to follow the steps to reset and change your IP address here.

Method 10: Enable Custom 3D Support

This solution primarily focuses on users who use the MSI Afterburner along with the Riva Statistics Tuning Server to monitor the performance of their hardware. In some cases, this setting needs to be enabled in the Riva Server to get everything working in line with the overlay. For that:

  1. Click on the “System Tray” icons and double click on the “Riva Tuner Statistics Server”.
  2. It should open up its settings, make sure to turn the “Custom 3D support” to “ON”.
    Turning Custom 3D Support ON
  3. Check to see if the issue persists while opening the steam overlay.

If none of the steps above helped you then there is something wrong with your router or internet connection. We really suggest you give your ISP a call and let them know about the situation you are having. So that they can assist you with the problem as in some cases users reported changing their router fixed the issue for them.

Kevin Arrows
Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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