How to find MAC address on Windows XP, Vista and Windows7

We will find the MAC address for troubleshooting any Host in Local Area Network. MAC addresses can be very useful, for example whenever you want give only certain PC’s access to your internet connection, apply MAC access list to allow/deny particular services and more for troubleshooting network issues.

Use “IPConfig/all” to find your Windows MAC address

This command works on Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and any other Windows edition. IPConfig is a built-in tool that lists all of your network connection including useful information like the state or the MAC address:

  1. Open a Command Prompt window by clicking the Start button, clicking Programs or All Programs, clicking Accessories, and then clicking Command Prompt.
  2. In the Command Prompt window type ipconfig /all
  3. Find the Physical Address line under the section that describes your network adapter. MAC address is listed as six groups of two hexadecimal digits, separated by hyphens (-).

 

A MAC address always looks the same, it always has six groups of two hexadecimal digits, e.g. 01-23-45-67-89-ab.

Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 2008 (Full Installation only):

  1. Open a Command Prompt window by clicking the Start button, clicking Programs or All Programs, clicking Accessories, and then clicking Command Prompt.
  2. In the Command Prompt window type getmac
  3. MAC address is listed as six groups of two hexadecimal digits, separated by hyphens (-) in the beginning of the line.

Fig. Find MAC address

Note:
If your computer has more than one network adapter use getmac /v /fo list command.

Windows 8:

  1. Go to the Desktop.
  2. Open a Windows Explorer window by clicking on the Windows Explorer icon on the taskbar.
  3. Click on the small Folder icon in the Address bar, type cmd and then press Enter. New Command Prompt window will be opened.
  4. In the Command Prompt window type getmac /v /fo list
  5. Find the section that describes the adapter you want to find MAC address of. The Physical Address line shows MAC address as six groups of two hexadecimal digits, separated by hyphens (-).

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