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Top 9 Methods to Solve “Inet_e_resource_not_found” Error. Easy Guide 2021

by James Parker

Alongside its Windows 10 operating system, the software giant Microsoft launched its patent web browser naming it Microsoft Edge in July 2015. Similar to its predecessor, Internet Explorer, Edge is readily integrated into the Windows OS by default. This is the reason that it can access PDF files without requiring to install any additional software to do that or use the Adobe Flash add-on implemented in Windows 10 to view any other multimedia contents. Moreover, the browser updates are automatically installed through Windows Update function, however, it is not always favorable as the “INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND” error pops up.

So, what would you do in case such an issue shows up while you are browsing on Edge? Is it possible to remove this error message from reappearing? What are the reasons behind this error? I will clear each of your doubts point by point, plus, I will show you some successful methods to try settling the error. Follow me…

What is the “INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND” issue  about?

Microsoft has provided its users with the latest software and system updates for years through its integrated Windows Update function. This proves that all the newly launched features and crucial bug fixes are thoroughly looked after by the Windows community from time to time. 

But, the update process is not always in the user’s favor and might lag at times which Microsoft would not like it to be. Errors during and after installing any new Windows update are very common. For example, since the launch of Windows Creators Update (V1703) in April 2017, some users reported experiencing the “INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND” error while browsing on the Edge, or while installing new apps from Microsoft Store. This Error message simply means that there is some fault in the DNS server address or it is possibly old and does not exist. 

Why Does This Error Occur?

The “INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND” error message appears to tell the user that the web page he/she wants to access cannot be reached. This error code usually notifies about the alleged source behind the issue directly.    

I have listed some of the information that the above error report may report alongside other things: 

“The connection to the DNS server timed out.”

“The DNS name does not exist.”

“The DNS server might be having problems.”

“There was a temporary DNS error.”

“This website could not be found.”

These messages give you more information about the problem, showing that that is not just a simple internet connectivity issue that occurred while browsing on Edge. Rather, the wrongly functioning name resolution through automatically assigned or registered DNS server is more likely the reason.

Now that you have a fair idea regarding why  “INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND” occurs, let’s find out the fix to settle this issue. 


Now I am going to help you with the fixes as per the reasons mentioned above (behind the error). If error analysis recognizes name resolution to be the key issue, it is hard to remotely detect why. For example, a temporary or timeout error may occur during this procedure. Sometimes the error disappears as suddenly as it appeared. So, it is better to wait and see, and reload the page. If the error still persists, the solutions mentioned below are certainly going to help rectify the “INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND” error.

Method 1:  Restart Router

Many users have said that rebooting their work or home router helped in fixing the INET_E_RESOURCE_ERROR without a hassle. That’s Why, before trying out any complicated, advanced method, try out this easy one first. 

To do that:

Locate the Power button on your router and press the same until it is shut down. 

Then wait for a few minutes before you turn on the router. Doing this will completely drain any power and memory left.

Then restart the router.


Again press the Power key and hold on it until all the lights are turned on.

Now try reloading your Edge browser to check if the problem is resolved.

If the error persists, move to the next method and do the same for the other consecutive methods until you find your perfect fix.

Method 2: Rename Connections folder in Windows Registry

This method will work 100% to fix the INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND issue. This error might pop up after installing the Microsoft Windows Creators update. However, the problem can be easily sorted. Just be sure to log-in to the Admin account, and follow the instructions as given below:

Go to Windows Registry and press Windows key + R, and enter “regedit” into the Run dialog. Then hit OK. Now, expand the folders as per the following order:

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

Finally, right-click on the Connections folder and rename it to ConnectionsX. Then hit Enter to save the changes.


Method 3: Disable TCP Fast Open option in MS Edge

Microsoft maestros suggest that disabling the Transmission Control Protocol Fast Open might fix the problem instantly. To give you a precise introduction of the TCP Fast Open, I can say that it is a computer networking feature that enables faster launching of TCPs between two endpoints.

Simply, launch your Edge browser and enter “about:flags” into the URL address bar. Then hit Enter from the keyboard.

As you appear on about:flags page, try to locate the Enable TCP Fast Open option. If you cannot find it, you have to press the CTRL+SHIFT+D combination from the keyboard. Doing this will open the hidden Diagnostics section. Now, turn the Enable TCP Fast Open option to Always Off. 

Finally, restart the Microsoft browser and try accessing the site you wanted to visit.  

Disable TCP Fast Open option

Method 4: Open Private Browsing session

This is another method to bypass the INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND Edge error. This fix might be a temporary solution if you are in a hurry to access certain web pages or sites quickly.

Simply launch Microsoft Edge and tap on  the three dots located at the upper right corner of the screen. Then select the New InPrivate window option to start browsing. 

Open Private Browsing session

Method 5: Alter User Account Control Settings

User Account Control (UAC) settings are required to be set up in a way such that your Edge browser works smoothly. So,  make sure to check if UAC is set to “Never Notify” or not.  

To do that:

Open Run the dialog by pressing the Windows key + R combination. Then enter “control” and hit OK (or Enter).

After that, click on User Accounts, then in the next window, again click on User Accounts. 

Alter User Account Control Settings

Now, check if you have picked the second option (if counted from the top). Then hit OK to save.

Alter User Account Control Settings

Method 6: Flush DNS

Flushing DNS is another easy and smart solution to resolve the INET E RESOURCE NOT FOUND error on Edge, Chrome, or any other browser problem. 

Here is how to clear DNS cache on Windows:

Click on the magnifying glass icon located at the taskbar. Then enter “cmd” in the search dialog. You will find the Command Prompt in the search results. Right-click on that and select Run as Administrator. Enter the administrator password if the system asks to provide .

In the CMD dialog, enter “ipconfig /flushdns” and hit Enter. 

Note: Please note that the space put after “ipconfig” is on purpose. So, make sure to put the same while typing the entire command in the cmd dialog.

Flush DNS

Finally, you will receive a message saying “Windows IP Configuration. Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache.” Now, exit the Command Prompt.

Method 7: Uninstall and reinstall Microsoft Edge

Follow steps 1 to 4 if you want to back up the Favorites in Microsoft Edge. Else, directly skip to step 5. 

Firstly, create a backup file for your Favorites in Edge. To do that: 

Open the Run dialog by pressing Windows Key + R at a time on the keyboard.

Secondly, paste the following in the Run dialog “%LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AC\MicrosoftEdge\User\Default”

Thirdly, click OK or hit Enter.

Fourthly, as a result, a list of folders will appear from which you have to find DataStore. Then right-click on the same and click on Copy from the menu.

Now, go to any desired folder (select the one where you can quickly locate the backup file later when needed, for example, select Desktop). Then right-click to paste the file to that chosen location.

Uninstall and reinstall Microsoft Edge

Then exit the Microsoft Edge completely. Make sure to close all  Edge browser windows.

After that, tap on File Explorer (located on the taskbar) and click on the View tab. Here, check the box of Hidden items.

Now, copy the below location:


to paste it into the Quick Access bar of File Explorer. But, before clicking Enter, replace the “YourUserNameHere” with your PC’s username.

Now you will notice the Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe folder. Right-click on it and choose Delete. Confirm it by clicking Yes. If the system declines to delete certain files, just hit Skip a couple of times.

Uninstall and reinstall Microsoft Edge

As the files are removed, restart your PC. Wait for sometime until it fully boots. Then open the search dialog by clicking on the magnifying glass icon and enter “powershell”. As the WindowsPowershell shows up in the search results, right-click on it, and choose Run as Administrator.

As the Powershell launches, enter “cd C:\” and hit Enter. Next, enter “cd C:\users\YourUserNameHere” (use your PC’s username here) and hit Enter. Now, copy the below lines to paste them in the Powershell window:

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

Uninstall and reinstall Microsoft Edge

Hit Enter and wait for the procedure to complete. Once it is finished, reboot your PC. By then the INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND error  should be gone.

Method 8: Fix Socket Errors using Netsh winsock reset

This technique relates to resetting IP. So, if you have a static IP, it can be refreshed. If you want to save your current IP configuration, follow the below instructions:

Right-click on the Windows start button located on the taskbar and select Windows PowerShell (Admin). Then hit Yes to confirm.

Paste the command “ipconfig /all > C:\ipconfiguration.txt” in the Powershell to save your recent IP configuration.

Now, copy and paste the below command “netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt” and hit Enter. 

Again, copy and paste “netsh winsock reset” and hit Enter. These are the commands to reset winsock.

Fix Socket Errors using Netsh winsock reset

Finally, restart your computer.

Method 9: Use a VPN

Installing a reputed VPN software can help resolve the INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND error instantly. Typical VPN connections allow you to connect to a newer DNS server, subsiding the above issue of your PC. With a VPN connection, you can even access the geolocation-restricted content, such as Netflix or Amazon Videos and  others.

Note: I want to clearly point out why it is worth spending a few bucks getting a premium VPN service rather than going for the one that comes for free. Remember the free VPNs are often used for immoral purposes. Therefore,  IPs offered by those VPNs are often put to  blacklist by maximum websites. In simpler words, using a free VPN is often responsible for the occurrence of INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND error.

Download a premium VPN software, install and open it. 

Then connect it to the server in the selected geographic  location.

Now try accessing the website, you could not previously reach, to check if the error is now fixed.


1. How do I fix a temporary DNS error?

Firstly, make sure to install all the necessary updates that are currently available on your computer system. For that: Go to Settings and navigate to Update and Security. Then go to Windows Update and hit Check for updates. If any update is available, follow the instructions appearing on the screen to install the recent updates. Then disable security software (antivirus) and  VPN connection (if installed any). Then type the following quoted command in the Run dialog: “inetcpl.cpl” and execute the command. This will open the Internet Options, from there, move to the Connections tab and then to LAN Settings. Next, check the Automatically detect settings box and hit OK.

Under Internet Options, go to the Security tab, and hit the option saying Reset all zones to default. After that, disable the TCP Fast Open feature on Edge and launch your Microsoft Edge browser. Then type about:flags in the URL address bar, and press enter button on the keyboard.

Now navigate to the Network Section and uncheck the Enable TCP Fast Open option. Then close all the Microsoft Edge Windows. Again open Microsoft Edge and begin browsing any webpage of your wish. Now you should be able to access any desired web page. Apply the flush DNS command:

Simply press and hold the Windows key + R together to open Command Prompt. Then enter “ipconfig /flushdns” in the search box  and hit Enter. Now a notification will be prompted on the screen saying that “Windows IP configuration successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache.” Now, enter  “netsh int ip reset” to Reset TCP/IP to Default. Again, enter “netsh reset” to reset Network adapter. After that, enter “exit” and hit Enter to close the Command Prompt.  Finally, restart your PC and start browsing through Edge, you will see that the “INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND” error is no more.

2. What does it mean when your computer says it can’t reach this page?

There might be several reasons why your Edge says it cannot access a dedicated page you are looking for. The most common reason is associated with the DNS client which has been possibly disabled after your PC’s Windows OS upgraded to version 10. So, if you are getting the message that “Hmmm….can’t reach this page in Microsoft Edge”, then it means you are forbidden from connecting  to dedicated web page/s.

3. How do you refresh DNS?

Well, the method of refreshing DNS differs among all the Windows versions.  Here are the processes for Windows 10.8 and 8.1 alongside some additional steps:  Go to the desktop home screen ( From Home>> Desktop tile).

Then right-click on the Start button (Windows logo) located at the bottom left corner. Next, select the Command Prompt (as Admin) and allow Command Prompt to apply the changes made to your PC by clicking Yes, when asked by the system.

Note: If the system asks you to log in as admin, you have to contact your system administrator.

Enter “ipconfig /flushdns” and hit Enter.

Enter “ipconfig /registerdns” and hit Enter.

Enter “ipconfig /release” and hit Enter.

Enter “ipconfig /renew” and hit Enter.

Enter “netsh winsock reset” and hit Enter.

Finally, reboot your PC. 

Additional Steps:
  • Shut down your PC
  • Power off the modem and router (if you have any), then again plug-in the modem after waiting for 15 seconds. Then wait for 1 to 2 more minutes.
  • Now, plug-in the router (if any you have) and  wait for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Finally, switch on your PC.

4. Is flushing DNS bad?

If your Microsoft browser contains outdated cache data, then you may find it difficult to access any desired app or website. If the cache contains any such domain name that is either old/obsolete or has a wrong IP address, the website will not return you the absolute data. The Domain Name System  cache will still contain the old data even after you delete the browser history. So, flushing DNS server details is not at all bad if you want to get access to updated results.


The above methods are tried and tested successfully. So, you will certainly find your perfect fix from these. But, if you do not achieve a desired result even after resetting Microsoft browser, directly contact the Microsoft Support portal to assist you with the solution. You can also choose to call your internet service provider to confirm if there is any fault in the internet connectivity which is causing the “INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND” issue.

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