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Trying to resolve a website domain to localhost for development purposes. I am developing on a Wordpress Installation which has some inherent hardcoded redirects to the domain it is installed on. So I need to be able to resolve the domain it is for to my local environment to do development. I am on a windows machine using WAMP as my development server. I have added this line into my hosts file:        localhost

This works great when I visit I get the expected WAMP application screen. The problem is when I try to visit the Wordpress Installation at, this does not get resolved to my local environment, it takes me to the public facing site.

The strange thing is that this is not a problem on all computers I have it working on an XP and W7 computer. But it is also not working on two other W7 computers and some old computer I am unsure of OS for.

Can anyone provide some insight on what might be happening?

Update - Things that I have tried to avoid the possibility of caching: hard refreshing with Ctrl+F5, manually clearing the browser cache, using multiple browsers, clearing the dns cache with ipconfig /flushdns

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Sounds like you are getting a cached response. Have you tried Ctrl+F5 after browsing to ?

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Yes i have tried a hard refresh with Ctrl+F5, clearing the browser cache, using different browsers and flushing the dns from the command line. – Andy Jun 15 '12 at 18:49
Some ideas : Try looking at the http request in fiddler2 and verify that what you see happening is indeed happening. Also, are all or some of these machines on a domain? Is there any VPN's going on from these machines? What browser(s) are you seeing this behaviour in, is it all browsers on the affected machine? Are there any proxies configured? – Paul George Jun 15 '12 at 20:11
No VPN's, WAMP is being run locally on all of the laptops, the browser you check doesn't seem to matter, so all browsers. I looked into the possiblity of some interference from a Network Proxy but not finding anything wrong. – Andy Jun 18 '12 at 14:40

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