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Windows 7: DNS Client ignores hosts file unless NETWORK SERVICE permission added

03 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
DNS Client ignores hosts file unless NETWORK SERVICE permission added


I've recently restored my Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OS on to a new SSD using Macrium Reflect.

My hosts file has always contained entries for local websites and has always worked until now. After much hair pulling and reading of forums, the only way that I could get the DNS Client to read and process the hosts file was by adding the "NETWORK SERVICE" user permission to it. It already had "SYSTEM", "Administrators" and "Users" (my user account).

This was never required before, so I'm confused as to what has happened to require it now?

Anyone have any ideas?


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03 Oct 2011   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Is your user account listed as Administrators.
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03 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Yes, it says "Administrators"
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 DNS Client ignores hosts file unless NETWORK SERVICE permission added

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