How to block or unblock proxy settings in Windows 11

If you use the Internet, you can do so directly through a VPN or proxy server. A proxy server acts as a gateway between you and the Internet. It is a server that separates end users from the websites they visit.

If you have a workstation or work-server environment, it can be helpful to block specific settings. Similarly, you can block access to the proxy settings in Windows 11 and Windows 10.

You can block the proxy settings by adjusting the Windows registry. By modifying the registry, you can block the proxy settings. Users accessing the proxy settings will see the following message: Some settings are managed by your organization.

Some settings are managed by your organization in proxy settings

You can also use the following to unblock the proxy settings. However, you need to be the PC administrator to do this.

How to block or unblock proxy settings in Windows 11

To get started, open the Windows registry. Go to the key:

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\

Right-click on “Microsoft” In the menu, click New, and then Key. Give this key the following name “Internet Explorer“. Next, right-click “Internet Explorer” and click New and then Key. Give this key the name “Control Panel“.

Now right-click on “Control Panel“. In the menu, click on New and then “DWORD (32-bit) value”. Give this value the name “Proxy“. Double click on “Proxy” and change the value data to “1”, without quotes.

Below you can see the result of the modification in the Windows registry.

Block or unblock proxy settings in Windows 11

Change “Proxy” to “0” to unblock the proxy settings.

Now open Windows Terminal. In the Terminal window type:

gpupdate /force

You have now applied the policy to the computer. The proxy settings are now disabled or enabled.

I hope this has helped you. Thanks for reading!

Learn more: how to block the Microsoft Store in Windows 11.

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