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Configuring a windows machine to work behind a proxy

Originally published at Ripples on water. You can comment here or there.

Some application such as antivirus software and games cannot connect to the internet when behind a proxy server. The solution is to enable proxy setting globally.

There are 2 places where a solution can be found – Control Panel > Internet Options > Connections > LAN Settings and enter your proxy IP and port number there.
If that fails there is a little known utility proxycfg

Start > Run, type cmd
in the command shell type:

C:> proxycfg -p 10.0.0.*

where you change to your proxy IP address and
8080 the port number of your proxy and
10.0.0.* to the network mask of local addresses the you want to bypass.

You will need to have administrator access. If you are a limited user you can run cmd as administrator.
Go to All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt and shift+rightclick it and choose Run As… Administrator.

This worked on Windows XP but should also work on Vista and 7.

It took me some time to figure out. Hope it works for you too.


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