Resetting the Hosts file

QUESTION:

What is the Hosts file and how can I reset it?

ANSWER:


The Hosts file is a small text file created as part of the Windows operating system. It can be used to route online traffic or sometimes block a website.

To rule out the Hosts file as a possible cause when experiencing issues with the multiplayer part of a game, it should be cleaned or reset.

Resetting the file is easy! Simply follow the steps relevant to your operating system:

Windows 10
• Navigate to c:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc
• Find the file hosts in this folder and rename it to hosts.old
• Create a new default hosts file:

a. Open a word processor of your choice.
Notepad and WordPad should be pre-installed with your operating system. 

b. Copy and paste the following text into a new document:
 
# Copyright (c) 1993-2006 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host
# localhost name resolution is handle within DNS itself.
# 127.0.0.1 localhost
# ::1 localhost
c. Save the file as a plain text document in the same folder as the hosts.old under the name hosts.
The file extension should be  *.txt.

d. You can close the word processor afterwards.

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