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PRIV D23 Editing Hosts File

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During the migration from one server to another the change of DNS may take up to 48 hours. For testing purposes we can switch already earlier to the new IP.



The path to the Hosts file in Windows 7 is the same as usual:


where %systemroot% is usually c:windows unless you installed Windows on a different partition. By default, you cannot see these hidden folders since they are system folders.

To show hidden folders in Windows 7, press the ALT key while in Explorer to bring up the File menu. Click on Tools and then Folder Options.


hosts file windows 7
Click on the View tab and then click on the Show hidden files, folders, and drives radio button under Hidden files and folders. show hidden files windows 7
Now navigate to the directory above and open the hosts file and make your changes. edit hosts file
Note that this method for editing the Hosts file will not work. You will get a message saying you do not have permission to save in this location. windows 7 hosts file
In order to edit it, you have to click on Start, type in Notepad and then right-click on Notepad and choose Run as Administrator. run as administrator

Now navigate to the drivers/etc folder again and make sure to choose All files for File Types otherwise you won’t see the Hosts file.

view all files

Make your changes to the Hosts file and click File and Save to save all changes. Now you will not get the error about not being able to modify the Hosts file. Enjoy!


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