Getting Your MAC Address: Windows Vista

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To Finding the MAC (Media Access Control) Address in Windows Vista:

1. Open the Command Prompt.

  1. Click the Windows icon.
  2. Click in the search box and type: Command Prompt
  3. Press Enter
  4. Open the Command Prompt program.
  1. Click the Windows Icon.
  2. Click in the search box and type: cmd
  3. Press Enter.
screenshot of programs menu with command prompt highlighted screenshot of programs menu with cmd highlighted

2. Type getmac and press Enter.  (After H:\> OR C:\Users\miketiger1>)

Displayed will be the MAC address for each network card within the computer.

  1. Physical Address: The 12-digit number and the MAC address of your network adapter.
  2. Transport Name: The location of the network adapter device.

        screenshot of Command Prompt, H:\

NOTE: If using getmac provides you with more than one MAC address, type ipconfig/all instead. Here, the first block of information should be your Windows IP Configuration. The blocks after that should display information about Ethernet, wireless, and tunnel adapters including the MAC, or Physical Address.

screenshot of Command Prompt, ipconfig /all results

Other functions of the ipconfig/ are as follows:

ipconfig/?                                        Displays a Help message.
ipconfig/all                                      Displays All configuration information.
ipconfig/allcompartments          Displays information for all compartments.
ipconfig/release                            Releases the IPv4 address for the specified adapter.
ipconfig/release6                          Releases the IPv6 address for the specified adapter.
ipconfig/renew                               Renews the IPv4 address for the specified adapter.
ipconfig/renew6                             Renews the IPv6 address for the specified adapter.
ipconfig/flushdns                           Purges the DNS Resolver cache.
ipconfig/registerdns                     Refreshes all DHCP leases and re-registers DNS names.
ipconfig/displaydns                       Displays the contents of the DNS Resolver cache.
ipconfig/showclassid                   Displays all the DHCP class IDs allowed for adapter.
ipconfig/setclassid                       Modifies the DHCP class ID.

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