Cannot see or edit hosts file, XP

By jstluise
Jan 11, 2011
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  1. I was trying to edit my HOSTS file, but I could not find it in the usual location, even with viewing hidden files. I tried to create a new HOSTS file, but it said it already exists (even though I can't see it). Hmmm.

    I am able to access the HOSTS file by typing in the location in the address bar, and open it with Notepad. I can't edit it, because I believe it is read-only.

    Any idea why I can't see the file at all? Is there another setting that makes it invisible, even when viewing hidden files?

    I was able to edit the HOSTS file by using HostsMan, but I am still curious about this. Would it have to do with my firewall or anything? (bitdefender)

  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    Are you viewing Windows system files and not just hidden files. Maybe it's set to a hidden system file. You can always go to the command line and check the attributes.
  3. jstluise

    jstluise TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Problem solved. I didn't realize there was an option to unhide protected operating system files.


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