Oops, sorry for the delayed reply. I'm at work still so I haven't had a chance to get back to you.
From the path you gave ('C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts') it sounds like you edited the right file. It says it is a sample, but it is the actual file you should be editing (I just realized how bad the wording is in there..) Did you follow the format that the other entries in the host file were? It should be as follows
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The IP and the host name must be separated by at least one space.
When you run ping via the command line (ping mydomain.tld), does it give you the IP address you typed into the hosts file? Or does it give you a `Could not resolve host name` error? If it's the latter, then the changes to your host file did not work. You also shouldn't need to reboot after you make changes (that should save you a little bit of time)
Let me know what you find.