This post shows students and new users steps to change their MAC address (MAC address spoofing) on Windows 11. A MAC address is a unique physical identifier for network devices connected to a network. This address is assigned to any network connected device, like Computers, TVs, mobile devices, etc.
By default, your computer has a MAC address assigned by the manufacturer and there’s no way to change a MAC address physically once assigned. Unlike an IP address, a MAC address doesn’t change. However, you can spoof a new MAC address in Windows and broadcast it as your computer new address and begin receiving packets with it.
Below we’ll show you how to change your MAC address on Windows 11, and not the physical address to your computer network adapter. This is always know as spoofing.
Changing your computer MAC address has some good reasons. Especially in secured network environment, when your computer MAC address is misidentified as threat, your computer may be denied access to any network resource. In this case, you can change the MAC address in Windows to something new and get network access again.
How to change MAC address in Windows 11
As mentioned above, you can change or spoof your computer MAC address in Windows 11 to get around issues. However, this is not always a recommended way to get things done.
To do that, follow the steps below.
Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.
To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:
Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.
Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System, and select About on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.
On the About settings pane, select Device Manager as highlighted below.
In the Device Manager, you can click on the arrow to expand Network adapter category or double-click on it to expand and view the devices.
In the Network adapter category select the network adapter you want to change its MAC address, then right-click on it, and select Properties as shown below.
On the Properties pane, select the Advanced tab. Within the Property box, scroll down and select Locally Administered Address, then select the Value radio box. In there, type in the new MAC 12-digits MAC address you want to switch to.
You can use number 1 through 10 or letter A through F (Alphanumeric).
Save your changes and you’re done.
To see you new MAC address, open the Command Prompt and run the commands below.
That’s it! Your computer now has a new MAC address.
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