Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


[HELP] Can't Edit Host File

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 64bit

    [HELP] Can't Edit Host File


    Hi. i have problems when i won't to edit host in
    C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc

    When i won't to edit this before i just fine i just copy and paste from desktop to edit this.
    but i try to copy from desktop to host folder in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc
    i just error for "You need permission to perform this action" to do this and option only
    "Try Again" and "Cancel"
    Click image for larger version
    and i try to edit with notepad and notepad++ "Run as Administrator"
    i got i can't save no matter what i do in file.

    Notepad say "Access is Denied"
    Click image for larger version

    Notepad++ say "Please check if this file is open in another program"
    Click image for larger version
    I'm the only one using this laptop and i try to restart my laptop
    and try to open its is not work.

    Got any idea how to fix this problems?


    Sorry for my bad english becouse i from Malaysia.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 64bit


    Anyone here can help me ?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Posts : 115
    Windows 10 Pro + 8.1 pro and 7 Utimate


    It might be your antivirus blocking it try disabling it and dont forget to re-enable it after
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 64bit


    i have disabled my antivirus from startup and i still can't edit host file
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    What are your permissions? (right click, properties, security, advanced)
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Capture.PNG  
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Are you running as Administrator? Another thing you might try, copy the file to your desktop, edit it & then copy it back to the folder. When asked if you want to replace the current file, click yes.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    What are your permissions? (right click, properties, security, advanced)
    When i click Apply i got error.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Borg 386 View Post
    Are you running as Administrator? Another thing you might try, copy the file to your desktop, edit it & then copy it back to the folder. When asked if you want to replace the current file, click yes.
    i already try and i got this

    Click image for larger version
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


    Win 7 or 8 Take Ownership of a File or Folder ((hope this helps))
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

[HELP] Can't Edit Host File
Related Threads
Hi, Previously I've never had this problem. My host file had a lot of localhost subdomain since I'm working as a developer. Starting past 2 weeks, I'm not sure either windows or a virus keep on adding # redirecting this is just a bad idea infront my 12.0.0.1 # redirecting this is just a...
I am getting error "Save failed - Please check if this file is opened in another program" when trying to edit the hosts file in Notepad++. This has only started happening after a fresh installation of Windows 8 on a new computer. My previous computer with Windows 8.1 was able to do it correctly...
I had recently purchased a new laptop from Lenovo, and had decided to change a few setting on the Windows 8.1 host file. After the changes, I flushed my DNS settings, turned off my network settings and rebooted my computer. To my surprise, as I login Windows 8.1, it keeps reseting to the...
So I use a program called crashplan to back up all my data, but the program began crashing whenever I open it. I would open it, the program would bgin running for a few seconds to a minute then just go away, close with no message. SO I emailed crashplan and they told me to do this: So I...
What I am trying to do is sort my favorites for the IE10 app. So far there seems to be no way to manually arrange the favorites so what I tried to do was change the sort in the favorites folder under C/USERS/myname etc. I was going to add a 1 to the detail tab in the file properties but I get an...
Hi, I have win8 Enterprise. when i connection to internet two service with names service host: Network service and service host: local system download automatically, i thought that it relate to windows update but automatic update is off and my windows is up to date. what is the problem? what can i...
Windows 8 Changes Host File Blocking - Slashdot The change does seem to be how Windows Defender works. Following the link to the main article on there explains that disabling Windows Defender will stop this behaviour.
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook