Host file mapping does not work


I am running Win XP Pro
I changed my hosts fle in C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
to resolve some specific addresses instead of their default dns resolutions.

ip address1
ip address 2

However when i type in in a browser i still go to default dns resolved name.
Something is overriding my entries in the hosts file.

Has anyone come across this problem. Can anyone outline steps for me to debug this problem

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Hi Vlearns,
try this
go to a prompt and type
ipconfig /flushdns
then try


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VlearnsAuthor Commented:
ipconfig /flushdns  did not work
some other problem.

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check my other link, have seen this once before, where the name resolution order got changed in the reg
VlearnsAuthor Commented:
that didnt work either :(
Did you reboot ?
VlearnsAuthor Commented:
yes that didnt help

The problem was solved eventually.
The reason was that dns client had to be shut down
and the proxy had to be disabled at the same time.

VlearnsAuthor Commented:
run services.msc from run menu in windows
locate dns client , shut it down
uncheck IE->Tools->Internet Options->Connections->Lan settings->Use Proxy
restart dns
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