Windows® 7 Mac Address
Is it possible to change the Windows 7 MAC address and what are the different ways to locate MAC address on Windows 7 system?
MAC address means Media Access Control address. These MAC addresses are assigned by the manufacturer of the Network Interface Card (NIC). This address is used to encode the registered identification number of the manufacturer. Each system has got unique MAC address for its adapter. This would enable to identify the adapters on the LAN or other network. When your system is connected to the Internet, a correspondence table would relate the IP address to the MAC address of that system on the LAN. This address is stored in the read only memory of NIC or some other firmware mechanism.MAC address is 48 bit or 12 digit hexadecimal number. The first part of a MAC address would represent the ID number of the adapter manufacturer. And the second gives the serial number assigned to the adapter. It is as important as an IP address.
Following are the guidelines to change the Windows 7 MAC Address and locating that address:
- Changing of MAC address
- Modifying registry
- Locating MAC address
Changing of MAC address
It is possible to change the MAC address on the Windows 7 system. This could be performed very easily. First, go to Control Panel, then Network and Sharing Center. In that, select the Change Adapter Settings. Then right-click the adapter whose MAC address need to be changed and select the properties. In that pop-up window click 'configure'. Then click 'Advanced' tab and choose the 'Network Address'. You need to write the new MAC address in the box under Value. Some adapters would allow you to change the MAC address in this way. While some other adapters won’t allow to change in this way.
In the case of some adapters, you need to modify the registry. Go to Start, Run and type 'regedit' to open the registry editor. In the appeared image, you need to select the option which represents the current MAC address. When it is clicked you would see some files on the right side. You have to right click the Network Address and choose Modify. In the new pop-up window, you need to write the new MAC address under the Value data. Then click OK. Then you need to disable and enable the adapter.
Locating MAC address
Firstly, you need to open the Control Panel. Then click the Network and sharing Center icon. In the left pane, you need to click the Change adapter settings link. Then you should right click the network connection (network adapter or NIC). And then click the Status. After that, you have to click 'Details' button. In the right of physical address, you would see the MAC address value for the selected network adapter. When it is being done, click close twice and also close the Network Connection window.
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