Add Host File in Windows® 7
The host files are the system files in the Operating Systems that are used to map the host names to the IP addresses. The host files are called as the hosts and the content of the file is only the simple plain text. The file resides in the Windows system folder. The purpose of the file is to assist the computer files in networking solutions like addressing of the network nodes. The file also plays a major role in the implementation of the IP addresses of the network nodes. Additional advanced features of the host files include redirection of the local domains and the resource blocking over the Internet. The Windows Operating Systems consider the host file as a text file that plays a role of the DNS. The file found in the system32 folder in the system root directory. The etc folder holds the host files. When the users try to make changes on the host files over the Windows Operating Systems, various issues occur.
Discussed below are some points related with the method to add host file in Windows 7:
- Steps to add host files in Windows 7
- Issues occur while adding
- Points to remember while adding host files
Steps to add host files in Windows 7
Open the Windows folder from the C drive and double click on the system32 folder. Navigate to the drivers folder and open the etc folder. The user can find a list of files and right click on the host file. Select 'Open with' option and choose the notepad from the list of programs. Then, the user can view the text file copied to the Notepad. The user can add entry to the host file. Do not write after the '#' symbol. So, edit only after the line that do not possess the '#' symbol. Press 'Enter' by clicking on the end of the sentence. Then, write the IP address along with the name of the node. Select the save option from the file menu and close the Notepad. Thus, the host files are being added in the Windows 7.
Issues occur while adding
Some users experience "the access denied" issues while navigating to the host files folder. The user needs to log in as the administrator to avoid such issues. But, the Operating Systems still prevents the user from accessing the host files by the following messages even if the user logged on as the administrator. The error messages are "Access to C:WindowsSystem32driversetc hosts was denied", "Cannot create the C:WindowsSystem32driversetchosts file. Make sure that the path and file name are correct" etc.
If the user finds any difficulty while adding the host files in Windows 7 Operating Systems, open the Notepad by right clicking on the option and select the Run as administrator option. Then, copy the contents from the hosts file in the etc folder in the system directory. The hosts file option in the system can be edited by the programs designed by the virus manufacturers to prevent the user from downloading any of the removal tools.
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