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Changing the Windows 10 proxy server settings

You can view or change the proxy server settings for a Microsoft Windows 10 system by using the Microsoft Edge browser to manage the proxy server settings or you can do it from a command line interface (CLI), i.e., a command prompt, using the reg command. To determine whether the system is currently configured to use a proxy server, you can use the reg query command below.

C:\> reg query "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings" /v ProxyEnable

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings
    ProxyEnable    REG_DWORD    0x0


The 0x0 represents hexadecimal value zero and that value indicates the system is not currently configured to use a proxy server. A value of one, i.e., 0x1, indicates it is currently configured to use a proxy server.

Even if the value is 0, you can determine if a proxy server had previously been set that will be used again if you set the value to 1 by using the reg query command below.

C:\>reg query "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings" /v ProxyServer

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings
    ProxyServer    REG_SZ    socks=


In the example above, if the value is set to 1, i.e., the system is reconfigured to use a proxy server, a SOCKS proxy server will be used that is listening on the localhost address, i.e., on the SOCKS proxy registered port, i.e., TCP port 1080. E.g., a SOCKS proxy could be set up with PuTTY, a free Secure Shell (SSH) client program.

To enable a proxy server, a reg add command can be used as shown below.

C:\>reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings" /v ProxyEnable /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
The operation completed successfully.


In the example above, since the proxy server setting was set to be a SOCKS proxy, any browser, such as Edge or Firefox, if it was configured to use the system wide proxy settings, would now route web traffic through the proxy server.


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