The path to the Hosts file in Windows 7 is the same as before: where %systemroot% is usually C:\Windows unless you installed Windows on a different partition.By default, you cannot see these hidden folders since they are system folders.Both the update and upgrade processes automatically switch Pi-Star into Read-Write mode, so there's no need to switch manually.
On a Mac, using Terminal, find the line in the hosts file with the URL that isn't working, for example, pi-star.local, and delete it: – The Expert Editor's SSH Access window is an implementation of Shellinabox, a web-based terminal emulator that runs a web-based SSH client.
This can be convenient and useful for many things, but it's best not to use it for running a Pi-Star Update as it sometimes will break the update process. See Upgrading to Pi-Star V4 (below) The less frequent Pi-Star version upgrades makes operating system-level changes to the system services and packages required to support new features.
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.
Now navigate to the directory above and open the hosts file and make your changes.
For the most part, it’s pretty much the same as Windows XP and Vista, but with a few extra hiccups!
Just in case you don’t know, the HOSTS file is where you can manually enter a hostname and an IP address pair, thereby bypassing the DNS server.
When that happens, find the hotspot's IP address and use that.
After the dashboard opens the first time using the IP address, the URLs should work again.
This can be pretty useful in certain situation, especially for anyone in IT.
For example, you can block websites using just the HOSTS file.
One of the nice things about Pi-Star is that it's updated on a regular basis to add new features, options, and fixes, as well as to add hostfile updates that have been pulled from upstream sources.