A network proxy functions between local devices (such as devices within a company or building) and internet network. It can offer an additional layer of privacy, security and speed when connected to Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
You can configure proxy settings on Windows 10 either manually or using the Settings app. If you’re using the settings app, select Network & Internet and select Proxy. If the Use a proxy server switch is turned disabled, then you can skip this step. If not, you will have to turn it on. Enter the details for your proxy server and port.
If you’re using a proxy in a work or school setting, you may be prompted by the IT administrator to use a Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol (WPAD) script to automate configuration. This method is more reliable than manual configuration.
You should also turn off any third-party software that might be interfering or changing your network settings. This includes firewall, antivirus, and VPN applications. This is particularly helpful in the event that you encounter an error message that reads «Windows cannot recognize the Proxy settings on this network automatically.»
If all else fails, you could try a reset on the system. This will delete any programs and drivers that were installed prior to the restore point has been created, allowing you reinstall the default settings of your system. This should resolve the issue, allowing you to connect to the internet again without receiving the error message.