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How to Change Your MAC Address on Windows

How to Change Your MAC Address on Windows

A media access control address (MAC address) of a computer is a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for communications at the data link layer of a network segment.

It takes both network software and hardware (cables, routers, etc.) to transfer data from your computer to another—or from a computer thousands of miles away to yours.

Every network interface card (NIC) has a hardware address that's known as a MAC, for Media Access Control. Where IP addresses are associated with TCP/IP (networking software), MAC addresses are linked to the hardware of network adapters.  The NIC is essentially a computer circuit card that makes it possible for your computer to connect to a network.

A MAC address is given to a network adapter when it is manufactured. It is hardwired or hard-coded onto your computer's network interface card (NIC) and is unique to it.



Change a MAC Address in Windows
Most network cards allow you to set a custom MAC address from their configuration panes in the Device Manager, although some network drivers may not support this feature.

First, open the Device Manager. Press How to Change Your MAC Address on Windows 7W6b39o keys. Type Devmgmt.msc into Run dialog box and click OK button.

In Device Manager, under the “Network adapters” section, right-click the network interface you want to modify, and then select “Properties” from the context menu.

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In the properties window, on the “Advanced” tab and select the “Network Address” entry in the “Property” list. If you don’t see this option, then your network driver doesn’t support this feature.

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Enable the Value option and type your desired MAC address without any separating characters—don’t use dashes or colons. Click “OK” when you’re done.
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