How to Edit or Replace Hosts File in Windows 7 by Britec

How to Edit or Replace Hosts File in Windows 7 by Britec

This tutorial is intended for beginners.
<br />The following tutorial explains how to change and replace the hidden hosts file manually. This is strongly recommended. However, if you believe the tutorial is too complicated for you, you may want to check out this guide that provides a little tool to automatically modify the hosts file via a graphical user interface: Edit Hosts File Tool

The Host file in windows 7 is a system file, located in system32 folder on the local drive, where the OS is installed. The path to this Host file is: C:windowssystem32driversetchosts

take ownership

Permissions Bat
When the file has finished downloading, double-click on the hosts-perm.bat file that is now on your desktop. If Windows asks if you if you are sure you want to run it, please allow it to run. Once it starts you will see a small black window that opens and then quickly goes away. This is normal and is nothing to be worried about. You should now be able to access your HOSTS file.

New Windows 7 host file

HostsXpert v4.4

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