A lot of organizations use proxy servers to restrict access to the internet. This can be done for a variety of reasons, such as security or bandwidth management. If your organization uses a proxy server for Windows Update, you may need to configure your computer to use that proxy server. In this blog post, we will show you how to do that!
If you are using a proxy server, the first thing you need to do is check with your network administrator to see if you need to use a specific proxy server for Windows Update. If so, you will need to get the address and port number of that proxy server. Once you have that information, you can follow the steps below to configure your computer to use the proxy server for Windows Update Proxy.
To configure your computer to use a proxy server:
- Open the Control Panel.
- Click on “Network and Internet”.
- Click on “Internet Options”.
- In the “Internet Properties” window, click on the “Connections” tab.
- Click on “LAN Settings”.
- In the “Local Area Network (LAN) Settings” window, check the “Use a proxy server for your LAN” box.
- In the “Address” field, enter the address of the proxy server.
- In the “Port” field, enter the port number of the proxy server.
- Click on “OK”.
- Close the “Internet Properties” window.
If you are still having trouble or are getting error messages, there are a few things you can try:
- Check your proxy server settings. Make sure the address and port number are correct.
- If you are using a specific username and password to connect to the proxy server, make sure that those credentials are entered correctly in the “Internet Properties” window.
- Try temporarily disabling any firewall or antivirus software on your computer. This can sometimes interfere with Windows Update.
- If you are still having trouble, contact your network administrator for help. They will be able to tell you if there is anything else going on that might be causing the issue.
That’s it! You should now be able to connect to and download updates from Microsoft’s servers. If you have any questions about this process or run into any issues, feel free to leave a comment below and we will try our best to help you out!
To configure a proxy server by using the Netsh.exe tool:
Open a command prompt with administrator privileges. To do this, click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.- Type the following command at a command prompt, and then press Enter: netsh winhttproxy show proxyThis command displays the currently configured proxy server.
If no proxy server is configured, the output from this command is Direct access (no proxy server). – To configure a proxy server by using the Netsh.exe tool, type the following command at a command prompt, and then press Enter:netsh winhttproxy set proxy proxy-server=”server name or IP address” port=port numberIf you use an asterisk (*) as a wildcard character in the server name, the proxy server resolves all unqualified DNS names.
However, this configuration may cause issues with some websites. For example, if you set the proxy server to *.contoso.com and then try to access the websites mail.contoso.com and intranet.contoso.com, you cannot access the website intranet.contoso.com because the proxy server resolves all unqualified DNS names to contoso.com.- To remove the proxy server configuration, type the following command at a command prompt, and then press Enter:netsh winhttproxy resetThis command removes the proxy server configuration.