Windows Hosts file: You don’t have permission to save in this location



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Symptom

You are editing the hosts (or services file) and trying to save the file. Unfortunately, you are getting permission denied error while saving the hosts (or services file).

C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
You don’t have permission to save in this location. Contact the administrator to obtain permission.

Hosts - Save as permission error

Solution

1. Open a new notepad by right clicking on it and select Run as Administrator. *Below screenshot is the example to run a program as administrator.

Windows - Run as Administrator

2. Copy all the contents from the original hosts file (please make a copy of backup first) and paste them inside the new notepad.

3. Add the new item you required inside the new notepad. Now save the hosts file in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc directory, use hosts as the filename and select Save as type to All Files. Just accept Yes to replace the old hosts file.

Hosts - Save new file

Note

The same step was done for services file.

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