How do I reset Windows Hosts files in Windows 8

How to reset Windows Hosts files in Windows 8

  1. Open Notepad.
  2. Copy paste the text below, into your Notepad document:

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


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

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

For example: # source server # x client host

localhost name resolution is handle within DNS itself. localhost

::1 localhost

  1. Save as the file as “hosts.txt”, save on your desktop.
  2. Close Notepad.
  3. Open the %WinDir%\System32\Drivers\Etc folder. To do this, follow these steps
  4. Using the Windows 8 Charms bar, the right edge of the screen, tap Search, type Run, and then tap the Run icon
  5. Type %WinDir%\System32\Drivers\Etc in the Open box, and then tap OK.
  6. Search for the Hosts file, tap or click Rename, and then rename the file as “Hosts.old
  7. Copy the Hosts.txt file that you created in the desktop, and paste into the %WinDir%\System32\Drivers\Etc folder.

I. For users with Windows 7 or XP

  1. Windows also has a Microsoft Fixit for this issue on Windows 7 and XP, you may download it from this link Bing

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