Updating host file in vista
This question has duplicates on SO, such as HOSTS file being ignored However, these tend to deal with a specific case, and once whatever mistake the OP made is found out, the discussion is over.
Usage: ping [-t] [-a] [-n count] [-l size] [-f] [-i TTL] [-v TOS] [-r count] [-s count] -j host-list] | [-k host-list [-w timeout] [-R] [-S srcaddr] [-4] [-6] target_name Options: -t Ping the specified host until stopped. can the hosts file be changed to, or amended by, another file?As you can see, because your computer checks in this order, hosts file first, then DNS servers, if you put an entry in your hosts file, you can effectively override what is in DNS.A neat trick that's helpful sometimes in troubleshooting, or publishing a site with Front Page before DNS is actually pointing to the right IP address.A number of "gotcha" mistakes can cause this, and it can be frustrating to figure out which one.When faced with the problem of Windows ignoring a hosts file, what is a comprehensive troubleshoot protocol that may be followed?]]
But anyhow, there seem to be enough people asking MS support for this or they would not have troubled with creating a package (Reset HOSTSFile Back To Defaults. As always, I am more interested in what the package does, and Microsoft is kind enough to explain that in most "Fix it for me" articles.