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I need localhost to redirect to another IP address in Windows XP. I have edited the HOSTS file in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc but when I ping localhost in command prompt it always redirects to 127.0.0.1 . It accepts redirects for anything I enter as long as it's not localhost (e.g. I can put a line with localhost2 and it will ping the address correctly in command prompt.)

Weird thing is I've tested this on Windows 7 and it works fine. It seems to be a limitation in XP and does anyone know a way around it?
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not sure, usually localhost is just used as a loopback. Curious, what are you doing that you need to change this?
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not sure, usually localhost is just used as a loopback. Curious, what are you doing that you need to change this?

It's some sort of program that is accessed remotely. If you try to access the IP directly or from anything that isn't localhost, it will tell you that the software doesn't have a license. I'm trying to set it up on someone's laptop and they are able to connect fine in Vista/Windows 7 but I just cant change localhost on XP for some reason.
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