Troubleshoot network-related errors when you install, update, or use Visual Studio

Applies to: Visual Studio

You might encounter network or proxy related errors when you install, update, or use Visual Studio behind a firewall, a proxy server, or on a client machine that doesn't have access to the internet. This article provides resolutions for some common scenarios of these issues.

Error "Proxy authorization required"

This error generally occurs when users connect to the internet through a proxy server. The proxy server then blocks the calls that Visual Studio makes to some network resources.


To resolve this issue, try these steps:

  1. Restart Visual Studio. A proxy authentication dialog should appear. Enter your credentials when prompted in the dialog.

  2. If restarting Visual Studio doesn't solve the problem, it might be because your proxy server doesn't prompt for credentials for addresses, but it does so for * addresses. For these servers, add the following URLs to an allowlist to unblock all sign-in scenarios in Visual Studio:

    • *
    • *
    • *
    • *
    • *
  3. We recommend that you remove the address from the allowlist. Removing the address allows the proxy authentication dialog to show up for both the address and the server endpoints when Visual Studio restarts.

Or if you want to use your default credentials with your proxy, follow these steps:

  1. Find devenv.exe.config (the configuration file of devenv.exe) in:

    • Visual Studio 2019: %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Visual Studio\2019\Enterprise\Common7\IDE or %ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Visual Studio\2019\Enterprise\Common7\IDE.
    • Visual Studio 2022: %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Visual Studio\2022\Enterprise\Common7\IDE or %ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Visual Studio\2022\Enterprise\Common7\IDE.
  2. In the configuration file, find the <> block, and then add this code:

    <defaultProxy enabled="true" useDefaultCredentials="true">
        <proxy bypassonlocal="True" proxyaddress="http://<yourproxy:port#>"/>

    You must insert the correct proxy address for your network in proxyaddress="<http://<yourproxy:port#>.

Error "Disconnected from Visual Studio" when attempting to report a problem

This error generally occurs when a user connects to the internet through a proxy server. The proxy server then blocks the calls that Visual Studio makes to some network resources.


To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

  1. Find feedback.exe.config (the configuration file of feedback.exe) in: %ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Visual Studio\Installer or %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Visual Studio\Installer.

  2. In the configuration file, check whether the following code is present. If the code isn't present, add it before the last </configuration> line.

        <defaultProxy useDefaultCredentials="true" />

Error "The underlying connection was closed"

If you're using Visual Studio in a private network that has a firewall, Visual Studio might not be able to connect to some network resources. These resources can include Azure DevOps Services for sign-in and licensing, NuGet, and Azure services. If Visual Studio fails to connect to one of these resources, you might see the following error message:

The underlying connection was closed: An unexpected error occurred on send.

Visual Studio uses Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 protocol to connect to network resources. Security appliances on some private networks block certain server connections when Visual Studio uses TLS 1.2.


To resolve this issue, enable connections for the following URLs:








  • * (for Azure connections)

  • *

  • (hosts content delivery network, or CDN, content)

  • * (hosts Azure DevOps Services extensions)

  • (hosts resources that Visual Studio uses in the Office UI Fabric kit, such as fonts)

  • * (for NuGet connections)


    Privately owned NuGet server URLs may not be included in this list. You can check for the NuGet servers that you are using in %APPData%\Nuget\NuGet.Config.

Error "Failed to parse ID from parent process"

You might encounter this error message when you use a Visual Studio bootstrapper and a response.json file on a network drive. The error's source is the User Account Control (UAC) in Windows.

Here's why this error can happen: A mapped network drive or UNC share is linked to a user's access token. When UAC is enabled, two user access tokens are created: One with administrator access, and one without administrator access. When a network drive or share is created, the user's current access token is linked to it. Because the bootstrapper must be run as administrator, it won't be able to access the network drive or share if either the drive or the share isn't linked to a user-access token that has administrator access.


To resolve this issue, use the net use command or change the UAC Group Policy setting. For more information about these workarounds and how to implement them, see:

The product fails to install or update because network share permissions aren't configured correctly

Make sure that the account performing the install or update has sufficient access to the network shares.

Issue Solution
User account can't access files. If the user has administrator permissions on the machine and is going to be installing or updating from a layout, then you'll need to make sure that the network share permissions (ACLs) are configured to grant users read access before the network location is shared.
System account can't access files. Sometimes the installation or update is run using the system account instead of a user account. This typically happens when Administrator updates are used to keep the machine updated and secure. You'll need to make sure that the client machines' system accounts have read permissions to the network file share. You can do this by creating an Active Directory group containing the machine accounts that need access to the share, and then granting that AD group access to the share.

Support or troubleshooting

If your Visual Studio installation fails, see Troubleshoot Visual Studio installation and upgrade issues for step-by-step guidance.

More support options:

  • We offer an installation chat (English only) support option for installation-related issues.
  • Report product issues to us via the Report a Problem tool that appears both in the Visual Studio Installer and in the Visual Studio IDE. If you're an IT Administrator and don't have Visual Studio installed, you can submit IT Admin feedback here.
  • Suggest a feature, track product issues, and find answers in the Visual Studio Developer Community.