By default, you cannot see these hidden folders since they are system folders.To show hidden folders in Windows 7, press the ALT key while in Explorer to bring up the File menu. Click on the View tab and then click on the Show hidden files, folders, and drives radio button under Hidden files and folders.
If you need to add a local DNS entry to your Windows Vista PC you will first need to know the location of the “hosts” file which is where you should add the local entries.
It might be necessary to add local entries if you want to direct traffic from the Vista PC to a device on your local network by name instead of IP address.
Now if I could only find a way (if at all) to customize my Explorer toolbar (like I used to be able to in XP). Update, I figured it out, I was editing a copy of the hosts file in a separate directory (e.g. # # This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
I'm glad the security is tighter on the hosts file, but I couldn't find a solution until I found your post.
Windows Vista hosts File Location: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts If you want to add a custom DNS entry say to a printer on your network you would add a line similar to the below which would allow you to reach the printer by simply typing printer.