The real file that is used is the one without the .SAM
The .sam file is on your Windows CD for easy retrieval.
While updating my Hosts file (C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC) ... I lost the LMHOSTS.SAM file (4MB) ... is that a file that can be emailed ... and is it really important? If it can be emailed as an attachment ... whould appreciate a "helping hand" - thanks.