Connection Issue - Resetting Windows Hosts File

If you can’t connect to League, you may need to reset your hosts file. Here’s how:

  1. Press Windows key + R
  2. Type %WinDir%\System32\Drivers\Etc and hit enter
  3. You’ll need to make a copy of the “hosts” file. In the opened window, right-click “hosts” and click “Copy”
  4. Right-click an empty spot in the “Etc” folder and click “Paste” (You may need administrative access to do this)
  5. Right-click “hosts - Copy” and click “Rename”
  6. Rename it to “Hosts.old”
  7. Click on the Start button (start.png or start_2.png ) and search “Notepad”
  8. Right-click Notepad (or your favorite text editor) and click “Run as administrator”
  9. Using Notepad (or your text editor), open the “hosts” file in %WinDir%\System32\Drivers\Etc (Make sure you’re looking at all files and not just *.txt files)
  10. Delete everything in the file and replace it with this:
    # Copyright (c) 1993-2006 Microsoft Corp.
    # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
    # This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each # entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should # be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
    # The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
    # space.
    # Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
    # lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
    # # For example:
    # # source server
    # # x client host
    # localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
    # localhost
    # ::1 localhost
  11. Save the file.

If this makes things worse, replace the file with the copy you saved and check our Basic Connections Troubleshooting article for more help connecting to League.

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