June 7, 2020  
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Windows 7 Hosts File Ignored - A Solution That Works!

Experiencing problems getting Windows 7 Hosts file to work? Here's the solution for the dreaded Windows 7 Hosts File Not Working problem.

Like many people out there, I modified what I thought was my Hosts file and found that Windows 7 was ignoring my changes.

As you probably did, I initially looked for C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc to edit the Hosts file but it was not there.

Instead, I found a Hosts file in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\hosts folder and edited that file, thinking that it must be the Hosts file for Windows 7.

My edits had no effect.

After a couple of annoying hours of looking for a solution online, here's what worked for me.

You have to create the C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc directory and put your Hosts file in there.

For me, I determined that this was the right directory to include the Hosts file by looking at the DatabasePath field in this registry key:


Once I created the etc folder within drivers and put a Hosts file in it, everything worked for me.

Hope that works for you if you are experiencing Windows 7 Hosts file problems and are looking for Windows 7 Hosts file troubleshooting tips!

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