Windows xp updating hosts file
One more useful feature it offers is the Hosts file backup manager.
You should be logged in under an account that has administrative rights over the HOSTS file, which you can check by right-clicking the file and going into the tab.You'll be able to ask any tech support questions, or chat with the community and help others.There are few reasons why we need to update or edit Windows Hosts file as for myself as freelance web designer and developer I edit windows hosts file in testing some local domains hosted with my web server such as XAMPP before moving it on a live server.As @Ferruccio said, Hosts changes should be immediate in Windows.Now you'll see a file with the name hosts in the opened folder.I created this site as a place to store my musings and thoughts. I’m currently freelance Web Designer and Desktop Support by night and a Mechanical Engineer student by day.
Editing the HOSTS file might come in handy if you want to make custom domain redirects, block websites, or remove malicious entries set by malware. However, you might run into problems when trying to make changes to this file in some versions of Windows.
Below are some applications that you may use to edit your hosts file, the main function of course is to edit and update your hosts file, the features varies depending on the application.
Most of it are free and some of it does not require to install at all.
Firefox and IE like to occasionally run in the background, despite not having any active windows, but that may be more my fault than the applications.
Because changes are seen immediately, you might be seeing another DNS cache in your application.
Firefox has a DNS cache with a TTL of around 60 seconds, I believe: I usually just restart firefox if I've made a change and can't wait a minute. I had no idea I only had to wait 60 seconds (I didn't time it but it's about this) for Firefox to update the DNS.