How to Configure a Network Proxy in Windows 10
A network proxy is a gateway that acts as an intermediary between the local network (such as all devices in the building or in a company) and the internet. It can provide an extra layer of security, privacy and enhance performance when connected to Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
To set up a proxy on Windows 10 you can either use the settings app or manually edit your configuration. If you’re using the Settings app, click Proxy under Network & Internet. If the Use a proxy server switch is turned disabled, then you can skip this step. If not, you can turn it on and enter your proxy server’s address as well as port details.
If you use proxy servers in a workplace or school environment or school, you might be advised by the IT administrator to make use of a Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol (WPAD) script to automate configuration. This method is more reliable than a manual configuration.
You should also consider disabling any third-party software my response that may be interfering with your network connections or altering your settings. This includes antivirus, VPN, and firewall programs. This is particularly helpful when you encounter an error message stating “Windows cannot recognize this network’s Proxy settings automatically.”
If nothing else works you can attempt a system reset. This will remove all programs and drivers installed since the restore point was created and allow your system to reinstall default settings. This should fix the problem that prevented you from connecting to the internet without encountering the error message.