How to Set Up a Proxy on Windows 10: In-depth Guide
Learn three methods to configure your proxies on Windows.
- Setting up proxies via Network Settings.
- Setting up proxies for Windows 7, 8 & 10 using Control Panel.
- Setting up proxies via Command Prompt
Setting up proxies via Network Settings
Step 1. Click on the Start button and then click on the gear icon⚙️ (Settings).
Alternative method: Proxy Settings for Windows 7, 8 and 10
If you‘ve recently upgraded to Windows 10 from a previous version or just looking for an alternative proxy setup method, you can configure the same settings using Control Panel.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do it properly:
Step 1. Type Control Panel in the Search Bar and click on the Control Panel icon.
Important note: if you‘re using this method on Windows 10, your Control Panel might look like this:
If you‘re seeing this window, just click on Network and Internet. Then select Manage browser add-ons.
Step 3. Select the Connections tab and then click on the LAN settings button.
Important note: If you‘re using HTTPS, FTP, SOCK5 proxies, or want not to use proxies for specific URLs, press the Advanced button, fill in the fields you need, and click OK.
Setting up proxies via Command Prompt
If you feel comfortable using Command Prompt, this proxy setup for Windows method is definitely for you! It‘s really fast because you can set up proxies just by writing one line of code.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do it:
Step 1. Press ⊞ Windows + R buttons at the same time.
|netsh winhttp set proxy <proxy>:<port>|
In fields <proxy> & <port>, use your proxy provider’s data.
Warning: If you‘re receiving the error Error writing proxy settings. (5) Access is denied, go to Start and type cmd. Right-click Command prompt and select Run as administrator. Then repeat Step 3.
Thanks for guide.
You’re very welcome!
why does my proxy server keep turning on even tho I disabled it?
Geezer, a VPN might be controlling your proxy settings. If you have one, try turning it off.
Or, you might have accidentally caught malware. You can try installing and running your computer through MalwareBytes.
What is a script address? I keep hearing about this from people that use proxies often. As far as I know script address for proxy using is necessary. Please correct if wrong.
Thanks, I always found manual proxy configuration quite difficult. Wish there was an automatic proxy setup to use for Windows 10. Maybe someday, right? haha
Gill Bates, a script address is something like an URL. You can enter it, and it will automatically configure the proxy settings for you. It’s not necessary – you can also configure the proxies manually.
jr, see above. 🙂
Do proxy features depend on the type of device you use? Is there a best proxy server for Windows and one for MAC? Or maybe there’s proxies that cannot be set up on MAC or vice versa?
Not really, as long as the device supports all the same protocols and the OS doesn’t have any restrictions configured.