How To Find MAC Address In Windows (Windows 7, Windows 10)?

Medium Access Control or MAC address is used for Ethernet cards to identify in a network. MAC also called an Ethernet address. Ethernet adaptors have 12 hexadecimal values to uniquely identify devices in the world. Every Ethernet card or adaptor has a unique address in the LAN. Following instructions to find Mac address can be applied in all modern Windows operating systems like Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows Server versions.

What Is MAC Address?

Media Access Control or MAC is a protocol designed for communication in a Local Area Network or LAN. MAC protocol provides rules and standards for LAN communication. According to the MAC protocol, every device should have a unique address called MAC Address for communication and address. MAC address is related to the network adaptor which can be an ethernet card, wireless card, etc. It is embedded in the network adaptor by the vendor. In order to prevent confessions, the MAC address should be unique in the world. In order to make it unique, every network adaptor has a MAC address range only dedicated to them and used by them. Mac address is consists of 12 hexadecimal values and these values are group as 2 hexadecimal values. For more readability, the double colon is used as a delimiter. Below you can see an example MAC address.

aa:bb:cc:dd:11:22

Find MAC Address From MS-DOS Command Line

You can find the MAC address from the command line easily by using the ipconfig command. First, you should open the command line or MS-DOS. These instructions can be also implemented for the new generation command-line PowerShell.

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Type command prompt into the Start menu which will list the command prompt. You can click to the Open or Run as administrator .

Open MS-DOS or Command Prompt As Administrator

In the command line, we will type the “ipconfig /all” command. This command is used to list detailed network related information about the system. It will provide information like Host Name, DNS, DHCP, IP Address, Default Gateway, etc. The MAC address also called physical address and provided in the line Physical Address .

> ipconfig /all
Windows MAC Address or Physical Address

Find MAC Address with getmac Command

As MAC address is regularly used by administrators and super users Windows operating systems provide the getmac command which can be executed in the command line and only the MAC address will be displayed. All mac addresses of the network interfaces will be displayed under the Physical Address and Transport Name columns.

> getmac

The output is like below.

Physical Address         Transport Name
============     ===== ===============================
00-0C-29-03-60-BF     \Device\Tcpip_{DBCE3A34-2AD2-4B7C-885A-2682DD89E1C8}

Find MAC Address From Network Connection Settings

The MAC address of a Windows system can be also displayed via a graphical user environment or desktop. There are different tools that will display the MAC address of the network adaptor. First, click on the network icon on the right-left bottom corner which is located inside the taskbar.

Then the network adaptors will be listed. for this case, there is only one network adaptor which is an ethernet card. Right-click to this network adaptor.

Network Adaptor List

Scroll down in the following screen where the detailed network related information will be listed below. The physical address (MAC) line provides the MAC address of the selected network or ethernet adaptor.

Physical address (MAC)

Find Mac Address with PowerShell Get-NetAdapter Command

The PowerShell command-line interface provides the Get-NetAdapter command or cmdlet in order to provide detailed information about the network. By default, it also prints the network adaptors and their mac addresses. This command can be used for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows with related Windows Server versions.

PS> Get-NetAdapter
Find Mac Address with PowerShell Get-NetAdapter Command

Find Mac Address Using System Information

The System Information is a GUI tool which provides detailed and under the hood information about the system. The System Information can be used to get the MAC address of the network adaptor. Start Menu-> type “System Information” to open it.

Find Mac Address Using System Information

From the System Information screen navigate to Components -> Network -> Adapter. Then scroll down to the MAC Address line which will display the current network adaptors MAC address. But keep in mind that this Adapter screen will display all the system network adapter on a single page where all information is provided through down. Be sure that you are looking for the right adaptor information.

System Information MAC Address

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