Sunday, April 17, 2022

Making Direct Changes to the Windows Host File


There has to be a quick and easy way to edit the Windows Hosts file directly.

Also the following directions have been tested in Windows 10 only, however I'm sure they'll work in previous versions that use UAC.

Here's some information on the Wiki about Hosts files in general:


Needed to edit the Windows host file without copying it to the Desktop, making changes to it, copying it back to the Windows folder.


  1. Press the Windows Key.
  2. Type "notepad" in the search box.
  3. Right click on "Notepad" in the search box and select "Run as Administrator"
  4. In Notepad click on "File" ➡ "Open"
  5. Paste in "c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts".
  6. Make the necessary changes to the file.
  7. Select "File" ➡ "Save".


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