Updating the HOSTS file in Windows Vista
Due to the restrictions imposed by UAC (Users Access Control)
users are prohibited from running any batch files, so the included
installer "mvps.bat" does not work unless you turn off or
modify UAC (not recommended).
However I have come up with a fairly simple solution ... using
the power of SendTo.
You can Update the HOSTS file via "Elevated"
You can use one of the Related Utilities
specifically designed for this purpose ...
You can right-click on the included "mvps.bat" and select "Run as
Administrator" ... more info here
Updating the HOSTS
file via the SendTo method
The first step is to create a new shortcut in your SendTo folder.
Open Windows Explorer to:
Note: where "<username>" is your login name
Start | Run (type) shell:sendto (click Ok)
Next: Right-click in the right pane and select: New >
In the next dialog box click Browse and navigate to:
Click Ok and in the next dialog box name the shortcut (example)
In the future when you wish to update the HOSTS file, download
the "hosts.zip", extract the included files and right-click on the
included updated HOSTS file and select: SendTo > Update Hosts
Note: UAC will prompt for permission for this action,
click Ok and proceed ...
Next you will see the below prompt, click Continue and proceed.
|Note: this will overwrite (delete) the existing file, so if
you have any custom entries in the file I would suggest copying
these prior to updating the file. Then open the HOSTS file and paste
your custom entries. Alternately you can use the
below method that does create a backup of your HOSTS
Editors Note: I know this is not a perfect solution, but
given the restrictions of the Windows version it is a workable
solution until something is found that offers a better method.
Updating the HOSTS
file via "Elevated" Command Prompt
You can add a right-click Folder menu option "Open Command
Window Here (Administrator)",
then right-click and select: Merge (Ok the prompt) ... no need to
Modify Users Access Control (Administrators only)
|Next extract the "hosts.zip"
Right-click on the newly created "hosts" folder
Select the option:
Open Command Window Here (Administrator)
Next: (type) mvps.bat (press Enter)
You should see the updated message ...
Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP
for the suggestion
Control Panel > Administrative Tools
Select: Local Security Policy (when prompted, click Continue)
In the left pane, expand Local Policies and click Security Options.
In the right pane, scroll down to User Account Control:
Double-click on: "Behavior Of The Elevation Prompt For
Administrators In Admin Approval Mode"
In the drop-down box on the Local Security Settings tab
Select Elevate Without Prompting, Click Apply/OK.
Once you unzip (extract) the included files in the "hosts.zip"
... right-click on "mvps.bat" and select: Run as Administrator ...
Next: double-click on "mvps.bat" and let the file back-up
your existing and then update your HOSTS file ...
Thanks to Thomas H. for providing help on this method ...
Note: do NOT run Windows Vista/7 with UAC turned off
as this also turns off the "Protected Mode" in Internet Explorer.
Hosts File Editor ... great little freeware program with all the
features of Hostsman ...
HostsMan can Edit, Update and Enable/Disable the HOSTS file ...
make sure to "Run as Administrator".
Right-click the Hostsman shortcut and select: Properties
... click Advanced