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In this article, I will provide you instructions to locate and edit your Windows hosts file. These instructions are specific to Windows 7, Vista, and Windows 8.
Prior to Windows Vista, the hosts file took on a little different meaning and accessability. This file was used for network awareness, whereby specific IP address with Windows computers. The matching of the IP addresses and DNS with each computer on the network, via simple, basic tables file. Thanks to the creation of DHCP, this manual editing was no longer necessary.
For Windows 7, Vista, and Windows 8, the hosts file will be located in your windows system directory, at the following location:
The %SystemRoot% part of the location address is generic and reefers to the windows system directory root.
If you have Administrative rights, you may be able to directly edit the hosts file. With that said, I strongly recommend you always make two copies of the file, edit one copy and replace the original. I’ll first provide the specific steps to my above recommendation, then provide you clarification on editing syntax.
Rather than deleting an entry, it is always best to simply comment it out and adding a Hash tag and space in front of the entry
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