Windows XP did not read "hosts" file

Posted on 2007-09-29
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
Dear experts,

My windows XP client did not read the Windows hosts file, such that i could not map a hostname / alias to an ip address. Could you kindly advice?

Question by:isuhendro
    LVL 9

    Accepted Solution

    The hosts file is located in a different location than


    List of other hosts files.

    Windows 95/98/Me c:\windows\hosts

    Windows NT/2000/XP Pro  c:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

    Windows XP Home c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

    LVL 54

    Assisted Solution

    What is the entry/change like?  Did you also try a restart?  Do you have a program protecting the hosts file so your change was reversed?

    The path to the file is above so if you changed the correct file one of the issues above could cause this.

    Let me know if you have a question or need more info.


    Author Comment

    Dear experts,

    I decided not to troubleshoot further for this particular pc.
    Thanks for your advice!


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