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7 Methods to Solve INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND Error

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Jun 14, 2024 • Filed to: Windows Computer Solutions • Proven solutions

INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND is not an uncommon sight for Windows users. This error usually occurs when you try to access a web page on your Windows 10 system. While the error can occur in any web browser, Microsoft Edge users usually encounter it more frequently.

In many cases, the error code: INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND disappears automatically. However, if it doesn't, there are several troubleshooting methods you can utilize to fix the error.

So, in today's guide, we have compiled a list of 7 effective methods that'll help you solve INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND error and access web pages without any interruption. So, without wasting another second, let's take a look at these methods.


If it's your first time encountering the error, you might wonder why it occurred in the first place. Usually, the error occurs after the user has installed the latest Windows update. However, several reasons might trigger the error code inet_e_resource_not_found on your system.

Some of these reasons include:

These are some of the most common reasons for users to run into the inet_e_resource_not_found error. Now that you've understood the cause, let's move towards the effective solutions that'll help you fix the error.

How to Solve INET E RESOURCE NOT FOUND Error Easily

Rename Connections Folder in Windows Registry

This is one of the most effective methods to fix error code: INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND, especially is the error has occurred after a Windows update.

The method has also been confirmed by Microsoft itself. All you have to do is access the Windows registry folder and rename the "Connections Folder".

Follow these steps to go to Windows Registry and make the required changes.

Step 1 - Press "Windows+R" to launch the run window. Type Regedit in the search box and hit enter to open Windows Registry.

run window

Step 2 - In the top search bar, type the following address to navigate to the "Connections" folder.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Connections

Step 3 - Now, right-click the Connections folder and change its name to connections. Save your changes and restart Microsoft Edge. That's it you won't face the error anymore.

rename connections

Disable TCP Fast Open Feature

TCP fast open is an extremely cool feature in Microsoft Edge that quickly launched TCP protocols between different end-points. However, sometimes this cool feature can also turn into a curse and trigger the INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND error.

So, if the first method fails to deliver expected results, you can try disabling the TCP Fast Open option in Microsoft Edge. To do so, you'll have to follow a couple of easy steps.

Step 1 - Go to "Microsoft Edge" and type about: flags in the top address bar.

Step 2 - Scroll down to locate TCP Fast Open and change it to "Always Off". This will permanently disable the feature for your browser.

Disable TCP Fast Open

Step 3 - Restart Microsoft Edge and try loading a web page to check if the error persists.

Open Private Browsing Session

One of the easiest ways to fix error code: INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND is to access the web page in a private window. While it may seem too simple, this method works in many cases.

To launch a private browsing session in Microsoft Edge, tap the "three dots" icon in the top right corner and select "New InPrivate Window".

open private window

Uninstall and Reinstall Microsoft Edge

You can also fix the error code inet_e_resource_not_found by uninstalling and reinstalling the Microsoft Edge browser. However, since Edge is a core Microsoft app, you can't uninstall it like third-party applications. You'll have to follow a dedicated procedure to remove and reinstall Microsoft Edge on your system.

Let us walk you through the step-by-step process to reinstall Microsoft Edge.

Step 1 - Launch Windows File Explorer and tab the "View" tab to enable the "Show Hidden Files" option.

show hidden files

Step 2 - Now, go to the following address by pasting it in the Quick Access Bar.


(Make sure to replace "YourUserNameHere" with your system's username.)

Step 3 - Locate the Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe folder. Right-click the folder and tap the "Delete" button. This will remove Microsoft Edge from your computer.

delete microsoft edge folder

Step 4 - Now, restart your computer and let it boot completely. Once it is booted, press "Windows+X" and select Windows Powershell (Admin).

Step 5 - This will launch the Powershell window on your screen. Copy & paste the following command in Powershell and press enter to re-install Edge.

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}

reinstall edge

Now, restart your computer and open Microsoft Edge. You'll notice that the error does not appear anymore.

Modify User Account Control Settings

The User Account Control Settings play a crucial role in the smooth working of Microsoft Edge. If it does not have the right settings, you won't be able to browse web pages on Edge. In many cases, the INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND error occurs if the UAC settings are set to "Never Notify".

So, make sure to check your User Account Control (UAC) Settings if none of the above-mentioned methods work.

Step 1 - Open the Cortana Search box and type "Control Panel". Tap the first search result to launch the Control-Panel.

control panel

Step 2 - Tap "User Accounts" and select "User Accounts" in the next window again.

Step 3 - Click on "Change User Control Settings" and set the slider to the second option from the top (as shown in the image below).

change uac settings

Step 4 - Tap the "Save" button to save your changes. Restart Microsoft Edge and see if you're facing the error or not.

Flushing DNS Might Be Useful

If you are facing the "the DNS name does not exist. error code: inet_e_resource_not_found" error in your browser, you can also try flushing the DNS to resolve it.

Follow these steps to Flush DNS and clear DNS cache.

Step 1 - Open the Cortana Search box and type "Command Prompt". Right-click the search result and select "Run as Administrator".

Step 2 - Now, type the following command and press enter.

ipconfig /flushdns

flush dns

Step 3 - Once the process completes, you'll see a message "Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache." Now, close the Command Prompt Window and restart Microsoft Edge. Load any web page and you'll notice that the error is gone.

The last option - Reset Netsh

In case none of the above methods work, you can try resetting the IP settings. This technique has worked for many users and it might help you fix the error code: inet_e_resource_not_found.

Follow these steps to reset IP settings on your system.

Step 1 - Launch Command Prompt as administrator again through the Cortana search box.

Step 2 - In the command prompt window, type netsh int IP reset and press enter. This will reset the TCP/IP to default settings.

Step 3 - Now, type "netsh Winsock reset catalog" and press enters to reset the catalog of Windows Programming Interface (WPI).

netsh winsack reset

That concludes our list of the seven most effective methods to fix the INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND error on your system.

How to Recover Lost Data due to INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND Error?

Before we bid-adieu, we wanted to highlight that you may also lose valuable data due to the INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND error. If that has already happened to you, no need to worry as there's a way to recover all the lost data.

Wondershare RecoverIt is a dedicated tool that'll help you recover deleted/lost data from different locations on your Windows PC. By following a couple of easy steps, you'll be able to retrieve all the important data that ended up permanently deleting from your system.

Follow these steps to restore lost data using Wondershare RecoverIt.

Double-click the RecoverIt icon to launch the software.

Step 1 - Choose a Specific Location

Once you have launched the software, choose a particular location from where the data was deleted. After picking the right location, tap the "Start" button.

recoverit interface

Step 2 - Scan the Location

The tool will initiate a comprehensive disk scan. Based on the size of the selected disk, the scanning process can take several minutes to complete. If you've already found the file that you're looking for, you can also pause the scan midway.

operations during scanning

Step 3 - Preview the File

Once you've selected the file that you want to recover, tap the "preview" button in the right-side panel to check its preview. This is an extremely cool feature as it lets you see if you've chosen the right file and if it works or not.

preview recovered photos

Step 4 - Recover the File

After checking the preview, tap the "Recover" button and choose a destination where you want to save the recovered files.


It is quite frustrating when your browsing session is interrupted by error code: INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND_ERROR. Fortunately, the above-mentioned tactics will help you instantly fix the error and get back to browsing your favorite websites without any hassle. And, in case you've lost any crucial data due to the error, make sure to use Wondershare RecoverIt to restore it on your system.

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