How to Change Proxy Settings in a Registry

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How to Change Proxy Settings in a Registry
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Windows offers an option to configure the proxy server through the Control Panel or Internet Explorer. You can set a working proxy server address that you find on the Internet to speed up your Internet connection or access websites that your local network normally blocks. Change the proxy settings using the registry if you cannot configure the proxy server by normal means. Windows saves these settings in the registry so other applications that connect to the Internet can use them, too.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Bring up the Start menu and type "regedit" on the search bar. Go to "Run" and type "regedit" in the Run dialogue, if you are using Windows XP or older.

  2. 2

    Double-click the "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" item on the left pane to expand it. Double-click the "Software" item under the "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" item to reveal more subkeys. Keep expanding the keys until you reach the "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion" path. Click on the "Internet Settings" item under "CurrentVersion" to see the proxy settings on the right pane.

  3. 3

    Double-click the "ProxyEnable" item on the right and set the value to "0" if you wish to disable the proxy server. Set the value to "1" if you want to enable it.

  4. 4

    Double-click the "ProxyServer" item to change the proxy server address and port number. Make sure the colon separates the port and the address.

Tips and warnings

  • If you cannot find the "ProxyServer" item, right-click on any open space on the right pane and select "New." Click on "String Value" and name the value "ProxyServer." Proceed to Step 4 to set the proxy server and port number.
  • Take great care in making registry edits. Modifying or removing other values and keys in the "Internet Settings" key may reset some of your custom Internet Explorer settings.

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