How to Set a Proxy for All Profiles

By Maya Austen

The quickest way to configure a standard computer setting that applies to all user profiles, or within a network, is to deploy a group policy setting. To set a group policy, must have access to a user account with administrator rights. There are group policy settings required for things such as configuring an Internet Explorer Web browser to connect through a specified proxy server. Once a group policy setting is configured and in place, it changes the select setting for all user accounts.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows XP,
  • or
  • Windows Vista,
  • Windows 7

Step 1

Log into a computer using an account with administrator privileges.

Step 2

Launch the Group Policy Editor. For Windows XP users, click "Start," then "Run." Type "gpedit.msc" in the box and click "OK." For Windows Vista and 7 users, click the "Start" orb, type "gpedit.msc" in the "Search" box and press "Enter."

Step 3

In the left window panel, click the plus sign next to the "User Configuration" GPO (Group Policy Object) to expand it. If there is a minus sign next to the GPO, the object is expanded.

Step 4

Double-click the "Windows Settings" folder in the right window panel. Double-click the "Internet Explorer Maintenance" folder in the right window panel. Double-click the "Connection" folder in the right window panel.

Step 5

Right-click the "Proxy Settings" policy setting in the right window panel. Select "Properties" from the pop-up shortcut menu. This opens the "Proxy Settings" properties box.

Step 6

Check the box next to "Enable Proxy Settings."

Step 7

Enter the proxy server's address, which is a server's URL address or the IP address the URL resolves to, in the appropriate protocol box.

Step 8

Type the proxy server's port number in the corresponding "Port" box.

Step 9

Click "Apply" to save and deploy the settings to all user profiles. Click "OK" to close the "Proxy Settings" properties box.

Step 10

Close the Group Policy Editor.

Tips & Warnings

  • Because this is a group policy, these settings will apply to all users on a local computer, or within a network if the policy is deployed from a domain controller.