Hosts File is an important system assisting in addressing the network also mapping the host or sites names through the IP addresses manually without any trouble. It serves as common part of the operating system Internet Protocol implementation and aiding in functioning the friendly hostnames into widely acknowledged IP addresses allowing in locating and identifying the host in a particular IP network. It aids the system to perform the internet browsing or using any sort of network to boost as it will avoid the DNS server request. It is a text plain file having no sort of file format extension present on the system used by the person.
The hosts file are basically the text file which are present on the system but getting their exact location on the system is somewhat difficult to trace. Many people edit the Hosts file in order to override the DNS server of the system for a particular domain, it is occurred if you are developing your site on the server and the nameservers are not pointed. It helps you to work on the site without making your hosts file pointing towards distributing the traffic to a previously existing site. Usually the modification of the host file is performed through the help of Command Prompt but it is somewhat different in Windows 8 and 8.1 on comparison with the previous versions.
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Editing the Hosts File in Windows 8 and 8.1:
On editing the Hosts file through the DOS command you will encounter an error message on trying to do so on the command prompt on Windows 8 and 8.1. We have a step by step process guide aiding you to perform the editing of the hosts file without any trouble in your Windows 8 and 8.1 operating system.
Steps of Editing the Hosts File in Windows 8 and 8.1
The main reason of disability of modifying the host file through DOS Command as it requires the 16-bit QBASIC.exe and due to this it doesn’t works on 64 Bit Windows 8 or 8.1. With the help of the Notepad you can perform the simple text edit of the hosts file. You have to go on this location C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc.
Make sure you have made your Anti-virus software to provide exception to the particular file as it avoids the modification in order to prevent the viruses, malwares and etc to edit it for popping up an error.
Open the Hosts file after locating it by right clicking on and selecting the Open with option. Choose to open with Notepad and then edit it as you want to.
After doing the editing process, go to the File and then click on Save in order to save the edited file.