Manually create a new Windows hosts file

Create a new Windows host file

  1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog box.

  2. Type in the following text, and then press Enter.

    %systemroot% \system32\drivers\etc

  3. Right-click the hosts file, and select Rename.

  4. Type the following text and then press Enter:

    Hosts.old

  5. In the etc folder, right-click on the blank space and select New > Text Document.

  6. Type the following text and then press Enter:

    hosts

  7. Click Yes to confirm.

  8. Right-click the hosts file and then click Open With or Open.

  9. Double-click Notepad from the list of programs.

  10. Depending on your version of Windows, copy the following text to the file:

    • For Windows 10/8/7/Vista:

      # Copyright (c) 1993-2006 Microsoft Corp.

      #

      # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.

      #

      # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each

      # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should

      # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.

      # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one

      # space.

      #

      # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual

      # lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.

      #

      # For example:

      #

      # 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server

      # 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

      127.0.0.1 localhost

      ::1 localhost

    • For Windows XP:

      # Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.

      #

      # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.

      #

      # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each

      # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should

      # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.

      # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one

      # space.

      #

      # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual

      # lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.

      #

      # For example:

      #

      # 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server

      # 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

      127.0.0.1 localhost

  11. On the File menu, select Save.

  12. On the File menu, select Exit.

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DOCID: v72822654_EndUserProfile_en_us
Operating System: Windows
Last modified: 08/17/2017