How to Setup Proxy for Metro application in Windows 8

Today, we’ll discuss how to enable or configure Proxy Server for Metro applications in Windows 8. By default we can setup Proxy for Internet Explorer, but for some reason it’s not working correctly for Metro application. When I tried it initially, I received the following error: Your PC isn’t connected to the Internet. To use the Store, connect to the Internet and then try again.

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After searching online for a while I found some working methods. One is to use the Netsh command and import proxy settings from Internet Explorer to WinHTTP and the other is to manually configure the Proxy settings the same way as in Windows 7, in the registry or via Group Policy settings. You can try any of the 3 methods.

Manually configure Proxy settings

In this method we’ll create a predefined registry configuration and import into registry. So first let’s make a backup of your registry.

  • Press Win + R  and type in Regedit
  • Go to File and click on Export
  • Under export range select “All”

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  • Type in the file name and click on Save

Now that we have made a backup close the registry editor and open a Notepad and copy the following text:

Regedit4

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]
"MigrateProxy"=dword:00000001
"ProxyEnable"=dword:00000001
"ProxyHttp1.1"=dword:00000000
"ProxyServer"="http://ProxyServername:80"
"ProxyOverride"="<local>"

Replace “http://ProxyServername:80” with your Proxy name.

  • Now go to File and click on Save As
  • Change the file type to All Files
  • Type in ProxyConfig.reg and click on Save.

Now that you have saved the file just double click on ProxyConfig.reg and click Yes. Alternatively, open Registry and go to File and Import and import the file from there. Reboot your PC and test it again.

Using Netsh command to import proxy settings from Internet Explorer to WinHTTP

The next method is using command prompt using Netsh command. Before you do this setup your Internet Explorer with your Proxy settings. Then follow these steps:

  • Press Win + X and click on Command Prompt (Admin)
  • Type in Netsh winhttp import proxy source=ie
  • Close the Command prompt and restart your PC

Now the Metro should recognize your Proxy settings. In case if you want to reset the Proxy in command prompt type in Netsh winhttp reset proxy command

Using Group Policy Editor

The last method is to use Group Policy Editor to configure the Proxy settings.

  • Press Win + R and type in GPEDIT.MSC
  • Go to Computer Configuration –> Administrative Template –> Network –> Network Isolation

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  • Select Internet Proxy Servers for apps

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  • Click on Enabled and type in your Proxy address under “Domain Proxies”
  • Click on Apply and click OK and reboot your PC

I hope you find this tip helpful. If you find any difficulty following this or if it’s not working do let us know.

If you know any more methods to get it to work please share it with us, under the comments.

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Shyam aka “Captain Jack” is a Microsoft MVP and a Windows Enthusiast whose area of expertise is Crash Dump Analysis and Advanced Windows troubleshooting. He has developed Windows based Tools like SF IE Restorator for troubleshooting Internet Explorer issues and SF Diagnostic Tool for collecting Crash dump files for troubleshooting purpose. He blogs at captaindbg.com.
  • Deepeshsingh93

    what do you mean by proxyname??

    “ProxyServer”=”http://ProxyServername:80″??

  • Uddika Info

    proxyname mean in poxy ip address

    eg: 85.10.202.142:3128

    85.10.202.142 – proxy ip
    3128 – poxy port

  • Simon

    none of these methods have worked so far.

  • Fiian91

    how if my proxy need authentication

  • Pick-a-boo

    Thank you, you’re so helpful

  • Mohit Chauhan

    Here is good tutorial for configuring Windows store to works under proxy server.
    http://www.csharpguru.in/2013/08/step-by-step-guide-how-to-configure.html

  • jk

    using netsh command is the best method, it actually works. THANKS!!

  • Emad

    I’m reading for an hour now… Seems that they totally forgot about that!

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