This publication shows students and new users the steps to change their MAC address (MAC address spoofing) in Windows 11. A MAC address is a unique physical identifier for network devices connected to a network. This address is assigned to any device connected to the network, such as computers, televisions, mobile devices, etc.
By default, your computer has a MAC address assigned by the manufacturer, and there is no way to physically change a MAC address once assigned. Unlike an IP address, a MAC address does not change. However, you can spoof a new MAC address in Windows and broadcast it as your computer’s new address and start receiving packets with it.
Next, we will show you how to change your MAC address in Windows, not the physical address of your computer’s network adapter. This is always known as spoofing.
Changing your computer’s MAC address has a few good reasons. Especially in a secure network environment, when your computer’s MAC address is mistakenly identified as a threat, you may be denied access to any network resource. In this case, you can change the MAC address in Windows to something new and gain access to the network again.
How to change the MAC address in Windows 11
As mentioned above, you can change or spoof your computer’s MAC address in Windows 11 for troubleshooting. However, this is not always a recommended way of doing things.
To do that, follow the steps below.
Windows 11 has a centralized location for most of its settings. From system settings to creating new users and updating Windows, everything can be done from the System settings crystal.
To access the System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click Start ==> Settings as shown in the following picture:
Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and find Settings. Then select to open it.
The Windows settings panel should look similar to the image below. In Windows settings, click Systemand select Upon on the right panel of the screen shown in the image below.
In the About settings panel, select Device administrator as highlighted below.
At Device administrator, you can click the arrow to expand Network adapter category or double click it to expand and view devices.
In the Network adapter category, select the network adapter whose MAC address you want to change, then right-click on it and select Properties As shown below.
In the Properties panel, select the Advanced tongue. Inside the Property box, scroll down and select Locally administered address, then select the Value radio box. There, type in the new 12-digit MAC address that you want to change to.
You can use the numbers 1 through 10 or the letters A through F (alphanumeric).
Save your changes and you’re done.
To see your new MAC address, open the command prompt and run the following commands.
That is all! Your computer now has a new MAC address.
In this tutorial we have seen how to change the MAC address of your computer in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.