How to change a MAC address

Updated: 12/16/2018 by Computer Hope
Mac address

The MAC address for your network controllers and devices is used to identify each piece of hardware's physical address. In other words, it's a unique number that is assigned to a device so that it can communicate with other pieces of hardware over a network interface. Although these numbers are permanent (much like a VIN on a car), they can be spoofed, that is, changed at a software level.

Microsoft Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10

  1. Press the Windows key, type Control Panel, and then press Enter.
  2. On the left side, click on Network and Internet.

The link to access the Network and Internet menu  in Windows.

  1. In the Network and Internet window, click Network and Sharing Center.

The link to access the Network and Sharing Center in Windows.

  1. On the left side of the screen choose Change adapter settings link in Windows..
  2. Locate the network device that you'd like the change the MAC address of and right-click it.

A network controller.

  1. Select Properties from the drop-down menu that appears.

The network properties selector in Windows.

  1. Click the The configure button in Windows 10. button.
  2. In the next window, select the Advanced tab (A). Then, under the Properties: section, click Network Address (B). Type in your new Mac address (C), and then click OK (D).

The menu in which users may set a new MAC address.

Note

When setting a MAC address in Windows, there shouldn't be any hyphens, and it must be 16 characters long.

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