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Fed up using IP addresses on your network?

With several PCs on my local network, I was fed up accessing these by their IP addresses, such as To fix this, edit the HOSTS files on your computer. In this you add each IP address and the name you want to use. In detail:

  1. Click Start, click Run, type %systemroot% \system32\drivers\etc, and then click OK. Note If you are using 64 bit version of Windows, type %systemroot%\SysWOW64\drivers\etc.
  2. Copy the hosts file to hosts.bak.
  3. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Notepad, and then click Run as administrator If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow or Yes.
  4. Open file %systemroot% \system32\drivers\etc\hosts or %systemroot%\SysWOW64\drivers\etc as appropriate.
  5. Follow the procedure described in the the file, add a line for each computer. For example:   pc2
  6. Save the file.

This should now work.


July 24, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

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