How to Fix Winsock Error 10060 "Connection Timed Out"

Updated February 21, 2017

A Windows Winsock connection timeout error 10060 occurs when trying to visit a site that is experiencing high visitor volume or when trying to connect to a server that doesn't exist. Microsoft has a patch you can download (see References) that you can save and execute to resolve this issue. But by taking a few simple steps on your own and editing your computer's registry information, you can quickly resolve the problem without having to download and install any software.

Open the Registry Editor by clicking the "Start" menu and then "Run." Type "Regedt32.exe" in the run dialogue box, and click "OK." You should now see the registry editor.

Open the "Edit" menu, and click "Add Value."

Type the following information into the next window that appears:

Value Name: TcpMaxDataRetransmissions

Value Type: REG_DWORD - Number

Valid Range: 0 - 0xFFFFFFFF

Default Value: 5 Decimal

New Value: 10 Decimal

Click "OK."

Quit the Registry Editor, and restart the computer. Test your connectivity after the computer fully reboots to see if the 10060 connection timed-out error still occurs.

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Eoghan McCloskey is a technical support representative and part-time musician who holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and political science from Texas State University. While at Texas State, McCloskey worked as a writing tutor at the Texas State Writing Center, proofreading and editing everything from freshman book reports to graduate theses.