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Find and change (spoof) your MAC address in Windows XP

This article presents network tools that allow you to find and change your mac address.

A MAC address is a unique 48-bit hexadecimal identifier assigned by a manufacturer to a networking device such as a network card when it is manufactured. First six numbers a MAC address comprise the Organizational Unique Identifier and are assigned by the IEEE, the last six numbers represent the interface serial number. MAC addresses are usually written as six groups of characters; normally they look something like 00:D0:D7:10:5B:84 or 00-D0-D7-10-5B-84.

Find MAC address from command line

Use ipconfig /all command

Utility ipconfig allows you to view network configuration information. Ipconfig shows your IP address, MAC address and other information.

ipconfig [/? | /all | /renew [adapter] | /release [adapter] |
/flushdns | /displaydns | /registerdns |
/showclassid adapter |
/setclassid adapter [classid] ]

adapter         Connection name
(wildcard characters * and ? allowed, see examples)

/?           Display this help message
/all         Display full configuration information.
/release     Release the IP address for the specified adapter.
/renew       Renew the IP address for the specified adapter.
/flushdns    Purges the DNS Resolver cache.
/registerdns Refreshes all DHCP leases and re-registers DNS names
/displaydns  Display the contents of the DNS Resolver Cache.
/showclassid Displays all the dhcp class IDs allowed for adapter.
/setclassid  Modifies the dhcp class id.

The default is to display only the IP address, subnet mask and
default gateway for each adapter bound to TCP/IP.

For Release and Renew, if no adapter name is specified, then the IP address
leases for all adapters bound to TCP/IP will be released or renewed.

For Setclassid, if no ClassId is specified, then the ClassId is removed.

> ipconfig                   ... Show information.
> ipconfig /all              ... Show detailed information
> ipconfig /renew            ... renew all adapters
> ipconfig /renew EL*        ... renew any connection that has its
name starting with EL
> ipconfig /release *Con*    ... release all matching connections,
eg. "Local Area Connection 1" or
"Local Area Connection 2"

Result of using ipconfig /all shows the mac addresses. You should see something similar to the output below.

Use net config rdr command

The net config rdr command provides the following results:

net config rdr
Computer name LANTOOLBOX
Full Computer name lantoolbox
User name Administrator

Workstation active on
NetbiosSmb (000000000000)
NetBT_Tcpip_{A3135CB3-918A-48E3-A820-009CB2EE7593} (00D0D7105B84)

Software version Windows 2002

Workstation domain WORKGROUP
Workstation Domain DNS Name (null)
Logon domain LANTOOLBOX
COM Open Timeout (sec) 0
COM Send Count (byte) 16
COM Send Timeout (msec) 250
The command completed successfully.

Use getmac command

Windows XP has a getmac utility that will allow you to view the MAC address.

To use the getmac command:

GETMAC [/S system [/U username [/P [password]]]] [/FO format] [/NH] [/V]

This command line tool enables an administrator to display the MAC
address for one or more network adapters on a system.

Parameter List:
/S system Specifies the remote system to connect to.

/U [domain]user Specifies the user context under
which the command should execute.

/P [password] Specifies the password for the given
user context. Prompts for input if omitted.

/FO format Specifies the format in which the output
is to be displayed.
Valid values: "TABLE", "LIST", "CSV".

/V Specifies that the detailed information
should be displayed in the output.

/NH Specifies that the "Column Header" should
not be displayed in the output.
Valid only for TABLE and CSV formats.

/? Displays this help/usage.

GETMAC /S system /NH /V
GETMAC /S system /U user
GETMAC /S system /U domainuser /P password /FO list /V
GETMAC /S system /U domainuser /P password /FO table /NH

Result of using getmac shows the mac addresses

Find MAC address from GUI

LizardSystems Find MAC Address

Use Lizardsystems Find Mac Address to find the MAC address remote computer and and network hardware manufacturer. This tool is an easy way to find the MAC address of a local or remote computer on the network. Select the target and method and find the MAC address of a remote computer on the network. The software can not only find the MAC address of a computer, but also detect the manufacturer of its network card.

Download Lizardsystems Find MAC Address

Change (spoof) MAC Address from command line

You can change your mac address for security reasons or for any other reasons. These programs will help you.


EtherChange can change the Ethernet address of the network adapters in Windows.

Note: After changing mac address disable and then enable again the network adapter using Control Panel.

Download EtherChange


Macshift v1.1, MAC Changing Utility by Nathan True, macshift@natetrue.com

Usage: macshift [options] [mac-address]

-i [adapter-name]     The adapter name from Network Connections.
-r                    Uses a random MAC address. This is the default.
-d                    Restores the original MAC address.
--help                Shows this screen.

Macshift uses special undocumented functions in the Windows COM Interface that allow you to change an adapter's MAC address without needing to restart. When you change a MAC address, all your connections are closed automatically and your adapter is reset.

Example usage:

macshift -i “Wireless Network Connection” 002334564775

This would change your wireless MAC to the one above. Your adapter will be disconnected and reset immediately.

 macshift -i “Wireless Network Connection” -d

This would restore your MAC address.

Download Macshift

Change (spoof) MAC Address from GUI

LizardSystems Change MAC Address

A powerful and simple tool for changing the MAC address of a network adapter. You can spoof the MAC address, set the MAC address of another manufacturer or generate a random MAC address in just several mouse clicks. Your changes will be applied at once and they will be retained after you restart the system.

Download LizardSystems Change MAC Address

articles/find_and_change_spoof_your_mac_address_in_windows_xp.txt · Last modified: 2014/09/29 23:37 by LizardSystems