How to edit hosts file in Windows 8 / “access denied” error

Getting the dreaded access denied error in Windows 8? Here’s how you would edit the hosts file properly.

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We previously explained you how to edit the hosts file in Windows 7 , it works very similar in Windows 8 – should you still have problems, please read that tutorial next.

Steps to edit hosts file in windows 8

1. Step In your Metro Start Menu, move your mouse to the lower left corner and the Start menu pops up. Click on Search.

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2. Step Type notepad in the Search Apps text box. Right click on the notepad and select Run as administrator.

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3. Step Now notepad opens. Click on the File > Open.

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4. StepBrowse to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc and select hosts file. If you cant see the files then select ‘All files’ in file name section. Select the host file and click on Open.

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5. StepFinally, you can edit the hosts file.

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Sometimes you might mess up the hosts file and in that case your application might not function properly. Make sure you keep backup before editing it.

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Published: Monday, December 19th, 2011 Last Modified: December 19, 2011

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