Go to C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc and you should see two files, one called hosts and localhosts or lmhosts, make a copy of these and drag them somewhere safe (just in case). Once you have them backed up somewhere else, not in the same folder preferrably, delete them, and then reboot your computer. Windows will rebuild them upon reboot.
127.0.0.1 is a loopback on your network adapter and nothing more.
If you're not comfortable doing all that, go HERE and follow the directions.
the 2 deleted files, hosts and lmhosts, were not rebuilt after reboot. I did not have a file named localhost in that directory. I am on a windows 7 OS. What do you think? And by the way, thanks for the help. I should say that there is another file in the etc folder called hosts.old which I didn't touch.
I am a wesite designer, and at some point about a year ago, I decided to check out MS Matrix. As I recall it uses IIS and it needed the port that I had WAMP on. So I tried re-assigning it. My memory is vague, but I think that I changed it to something like localhost8080 or something similar, but now can't connect with anything. I recently began considering using a cms again like wordpress and can't connect with wamp or IIS so I was going to start over. I have always built websites completely from scratch, without a content management system. So I wanted to reset it and start from scratch using a CMS.
Ok, now your motives become clear. Unfortuneately you are getting outside my area of expertise. I though you were having a network problem. The issue is you want your server/PC to respond to http requests on this port correct?..., and it is not?
You need to setup the network first, see my previous responses; then when it is working ensure your firewall does not block that port (completely separate issue), then setup IIS or some other server side component to respond to http requests, making any adjustments to the port they will respond on accordingly.