What is INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND Microsoft Edge error

INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND is a DNS-related error that pops whilst surfing the web. Usually, people end up seeing this message after attempting to open websites in Microsoft Edge. Despite this, it is able to occur across other browsers as well. Most experts classify this as a post-update error. Simply said, it could appear after receiving some changes from new Windows updates. As long as it is a DNS issue, the page offers to use a basic solution – refresh the problematic page. Unfortunately, it is often useless as there are deeper reasons for their occurrence. INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND can feature on specific pages that have server problems on their side. In case it occurs to various pages that work flawlessly on other devices, then you should take the solution into your own hands. Follow our guide below to learn what changes should be applied to resolve the browsing error. Full text of the error page:

Hmmm…can’t reach this page.
Try this
Make sure you’ve got the right web address: {website.com}
Search for “{website.com}” on Bing
Refresh the page
Details
This website could not be found.
Error Code: INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND

INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND error in Microsoft Edge

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1. Disable TCP Fast Open in Microsoft Edge

The very first thing to try as you venture into resolving the INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND error is changing your browser settings. Specifically, to disable the so-called TCP Fast Open feature hidden in Microsoft Edge settings. It was added to Edge with the Creator Update 1703 and meant to accelerate the pace of data exchange. Thus, it is worth turning it off for some period of time. To do this, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge and copy-paste about:flags into the search bar on top. Click Enter.
  2. Scroll down the list of options until you find Enable TCP Fast Open.
  3. Make sure it is set to Always off. After applying these changes, restart your browser and check if something has changed.

Note that sometimes you will be unable to disable the “TCP Fast Open” feature with Windows Creators Update 1803 or later installed on your system.

2. Rename Connections folder in Registry Editor

This method has had the biggest impact on resolving the INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND error. It is easy to do and recommended by Microsoft itself:

  1. Press Windows key + R buttons at the same time, copy-paste regedit and click Enter.
  2. Then, navigate through these directories HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Connections.
  3. Right-click on the Connections folder and change its name to ConnectionsX. Click Enter to save.

In case this method does not work out eventually, jump into other solutions presented down this guide below.

3. Alter User Account Control settings

Amazingly, but INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND sometimes occurs due to disabled notifications in UAC (User Account Control) settings. For some reason, even small details like this might influence the way Microsoft Edge operates. Thus, make sure Windows is set to inform about new changes affected to apps and the system. Here is how:

  1. Type Control Panel into the search bar next to Start Menu and open it up.
  2. Then, find and choose User Accounts among other categories from the list.
  3. Click on User Accounts again and choose Change User Account Control settings.
  4. You will see a new window appear. Move the slider to the second choice from above unless you have it set up already.
  5. Click OK and Yes to confirm the changes.

4. Access the InPrivate Browsing Mode

As a temporary fix, you can also enter the Private Browsing Session to open the websites you need. This is not going to solve the issue fully, but yet a good thing to capitalize on:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge and click on the three-dot icon located in the top right corner.
  2. Choose New InPrivate window from the drop-down list of options.

This should help you in accessing the problematic websites. If you are looking for a complete solution to this error, go to the next steps discussed right below.

5. Reset Microsoft Edge

It is possible that Microsoft Edge is damaged in terms of configuration. Instead of analyzing the possible problems, a better and faster solution is to roll its settings back to the default:

  1. Right-click on Start Menu and choose Apps and Features on top of the list.
  2. Scroll down the list of all apps until you locate Microsoft Edge. Left-click on it and choose Advanced options.
  3. Then, select Reset by moving down to the very bottom of the window.

This will reset your browser and make it boot up with default settings, just as it would be from scratch.

6. Change address in DNS settings

Due to improper DNS settings, Microsft Edge may come into connection errors. Sometimes they can be accidentally changed by malware or self-manipulations. Whatever the reason for that, follow our instructions below in order to fix it:

To change DNS and IP:

  1. Go to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network Connections.
  2. Double click on your connection name.
  3. Click on Properties.
  4. Double click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
  5. Mark Use the following IP address and Use the following DNS server addresses.
  6. Change IP address, Subnet mask, Default gateway, and DNS according to the underneath image
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7. Reset TCP/IP

We have not mentioned it yet, but INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND may occur due to incorrect TCP/IP configuration. TCP/IP is a set of fundamental protocols used to set up proper communication for the Internet and similar computer networks. Thus, we will try to reset it via the steps below as it may resolve the issue:

  1. Find Command Prompt by typing cmd into the searching box. Then right-click on it and choose Run as administrator.
  2. In the opened window, you should paste these commands one-by-one by clicking Enter after each.
  3. netsh winsock reset
    netsh int ip reset

  4. Close the console and the problem should disappear itself. If not, try to paste the following commands according to the same algorithm.
  5. ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /flushdns
    ipconfig /renew

    Hopefully, this method will finally eliminate the problem.

Summary

This was the last method to try on our list. Hopefully, you are no longer part of the INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND error that prevents users from browsing the entire web. Sometimes internet errors may be related to outdated or corrupted network drivers, so make sure you check it as well. You can search for other posts available on our blog to learn about other error solutions as well as malware removal.

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