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:
    #
    # 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
    # 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host
    # localhost name resolution is handle within DNS itself.
    # 127.0.0.1 localhost
    # ::1 localhost
  11. Save the file.

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

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