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Windows7: administrator: why can not update my host file?

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Hello Experts,

I am new to this Windows 7.
I have administrator's rights but this darn thing doesn't let me update my host file and install some programs...

what do I have to do to get full access? administrator is the highest privilige I see...

thanks,
regards,
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Question by:epifanio67
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by:John Hurst
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Open Notepad using Run as Administrator, navigate to the HOSTS file, open it, edit it and save it. This should work and does work for me. ... Thinkpads_User
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by:epifanio67
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thank you expert,

when I right click on the file, I don't see the Run as Administrator option....

I also tried changing the file properties; but nothing....

what do you mean by Run as Administrator?

thanks,
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epifanio67--
this darn thing doesn't let me update my host file
I need more info.  
How are you trying to update the HOSTS file? What update are you trying to accomplish?  How are you trying to open HOSTS?
The HOSTS file is in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc
Error messages?
Tell us the URL of some of the programs affected.  HOSTS should not affect the installation of programs, but it might affect the ability to download the program.
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by:John Hurst
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In Windows 7, click on Start. In the space, type Notepad . Notepad.exe will move to the top of the list. Now right click on Notepad and select Run as Administrator. Answer Yes and Notepad opens. Now navigate to the HOSTS file in Notepad and open it. You can now edit it and save it.

I was referring to Notepad to Run as Adminstrator (not the HOSTS file). Also, do NOT change the properties of the HOSTS file.

... Thinkpads_User
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by:epifanio67
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Thank you for all of your help...

regards,
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