The Hosts file resides in the “%WinDir%\System32\Drivers\etc” path and allows you to map domain or host names to IP addresses. Typically, you don’t have to map addresses on Windows 11 manually. However, it can be useful in many scenarios. For example, when you want to block certain websites. When you don’t have a local DNS server in the network, you must map an IP address to a computer name or prepare a website transfer to a new hosting provider. The only caveat is that if you make a mistake, you may end up with unwanted networking behaviors. If you notice networking issues after editing the Hosts file or you want to undo previously made changes, it’s possible to reset the file’s configuration. This guide will teach you the steps to reset the Hosts files on Windows 11. (These instructions should also work on Windows 10.)

Reset Hosts file to default on Windows 11

To reset the “Hosts” file to its default settings on Windows 11, use these steps: Once you complete the steps, the Hosts file will reset to its default settings, fixing any related problems on Windows 11.

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