How to Fix Winsock Error 10060 "Connection Timed Out"

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.

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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.

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

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Type the following information into the next window that appears:

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Value Name: TcpMaxDataRetransmissions Value Type: REG_DWORD - Number Valid Range: 0 - 0xFFFFFFFF Default Value: 5 Decimal New Value: 10 Decimal

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Click "Ok."

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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.