How to Fix Winsock Error 10060 "Connection Timed Out"

By Eoghan McCloskey

A Windows Winsock connection timeout error 10060 occurs when trying to visit a site that is experiencing high visitor volume or when trying to connect to a server that doesn't exist. Microsoft has a patch you can download (see References) that you can save and execute to resolve this issue. But by taking a few simple steps on your own and editing your computer's registry information, you can quickly resolve the problem without having to download and install any software.

Step 1

Open the Registry Editor by clicking the "Start" menu and then "Run." Type "Regedt32.exe" in the run dialog box, and click "Ok." You should now see the registry editor.

Step 2

Open the "Edit" menu, and click "Add Value."

Step 3

Type the following information into the next window that appears: Value Name: TcpMaxDataRetransmissionsValue Type: REG_DWORD - NumberValid Range: 0 - 0xFFFFFFFFDefault Value: 5 DecimalNew Value: 10 DecimalClick "Ok."

Step 4

Quit the Registry Editor, and restart the computer. Test your connectivity after the computer fully reboots to see if the 10060 connection timed-out error still occurs.