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 Post subject: Use of hosts file has rendered windows 8.1 inoperable
PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:20 pm 
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I used the software Hostman to install the full hosts file, after which Windows is no longer responsive and antivirus software no longer runs. After numerous reboots and playing around I am able to get the hosts file open in an editor but am unable to save it because apparently it is open in another process which I cannot identify.

Is it possible for example to somehow replace the current hosts with my backup in a command prompt that might bypass the file lock that windows has identified? Or are there any suggestions as to how to undo what has been done without having to reinstall windows?



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 Post subject: Re: Use of hosts file has rendered windows 8.1 inoperable
PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:28 pm 
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Sorry for the delay.

You need to disable the DNS Client service when using a large file, if not using the optimized one.

1. Click Start
2. Type: services.msc
3. Right click DNS Client
4. Click Properties
5. Change "Startup Type" to disabled
6. Click Stop
7. Restart the computer

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