Hi, trying to set up Bind on a VPS running windows server 8 edition

1st problem is that I can't get Bind to run if I add a zone for root.server in named.conf. If I remove this zone Bind starts. I've tried removing all comments from root.server and then the whole file but still no good. It was running 2 days ago but no sure why it is not now.

Do I really need this file? If so any ideas on what is wrong?

named.conf below (1st zone is where it chokes)
.... root .server below that, I took out all comments

Thanks for any help
~~~named.conf~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Options {
Directory "C:/named/etc";
version "na";
allow-transfer { none; };
recursion no;
};
logging{
channel my_log{
file "log/named.log" versions 3 size 250k;
severity info;
print-severity yes;
print-time yes;
print-category yes;
};
category default{
my_log;
};
};
key "rndc-key" {
algorithm hmac-md5;
secret "xxxx";
};
controls {
inet 127.0.0.1 port 953
allow { 127.0.0.1; } keys { "rndc-key"; };
};

zone "." in{
type hint;
file "zones/root.servers";
};
zone "localhost" in{
type master;
file "zones/master.localhost";
};
zone "0.0.127.in-addr.arpa" in{
type master;
file "zones/localhost.rev";
};
zone "kevin-winters.com" IN {
type master;
file "zones/kevin-sandbox.txt";
allow-transfer { none; };
};

~~~~~~~~~~~~root.servers~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
. 3600000 IN NS A.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.
A.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. 3600000 A 198.41.0.4
. 3600000 NS B.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.
B.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. 3600000 A 192.228.79.201
. 3600000 NS C.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.
C.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. 3600000 A 192.33.4.12
. 3600000 NS D.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.
D.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. 3600000 A 128.8.10.90
. 3600000 NS E.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.
E.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. 3600000 A 192.203.230.10
. 3600000 NS F.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.
F.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. 3600000 A 192.5.5.241
. 3600000 NS G.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.
G.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. 3600000 A 192.112.36.4
. 3600000 NS H.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.
H.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. 3600000 A 128.63.2.53
. 3600000 NS I.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.
I.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. 3600000 A 192.36.148.17
. 3600000 NS J.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.
J.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. 3600000 A 192.58.128.30
. 3600000 NS K.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.
K.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. 3600000 A 193.0.14.129
. 3600000 NS L.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.
L.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. 3600000 A 198.32.64.12
. 3600000 NS M.ROOT-SERVERS.NET.
M.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. 3600000 A 202.12.27.33