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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Jan 9, 2008

Editing C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts file on Windows Vista


I think following information might be useful to you. Windows Vista does not let you mess with the hosts file located at C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\

(even if you are logged in as an administrator).

There is a simple workaround for it.

Follow these steps:-

1. Click on Start Button
2. Rt. click on 'Notepad'
3. Click "Run As Administrator"
4. Click "Continue" on the prompt
5. Navigate to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ using Notepad's 'Open' location option.
6. Select 'all files' and then choose the 'hosts' file. Make necessary changes and save!

Simple, isn't it?
Prasad Ajinkya
Prasad Ajinkya • Jan 10, 2008
Hi Biggie,

I did have Vista for some time, used it only as Admin. You can do this directly as well. Open the file in notepad or notepad++ and do the changes.

Vista Home right?
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Jan 10, 2008
I'm not quite sure. I've admin credentials for my Vista Business edition, but I can't save the 'hosts' file simply by clicking 'save' button.

The notepad must be run as administrator (described above) so that hosts file can be saved.

More inputs are welcome
Prasad Ajinkya
Prasad Ajinkya • Jan 10, 2008
A similar file is there in linux - /etc/hosts
And you have to do a similar thing to edit it - sudo vi /etc/hosts

Guess MS has finally decided to do the right thing ;-)

Waise, for newbies, the hosts file is used to resolve a domain at the client stage itself. So, if you know the ip address of a server, then just make the entry here to cut the time for the domain name look up

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