2 ways to restore the original MAC address of your network card

There are times when you might want or have to change the MAC address of your network adapter so that you can connect to certain networks. However, what do you do when you have to restore the original MAC address, and you do not know what that was? Fortunately, you can quickly restore the MAC address by using either properties of your network card from Windows or a third party application, like the one we share in this article. Read on to see two different ways in which you can reset the MAC address of your network card, in Windows:

1. How to restore the default MAC address of a network card, using its Properties

Regardless of what Windows version you use, you can reset any network adapter's MAC address to its original default, from that adapter's Properties window. Here is how to do it:

If you are using Windows 10, launch the Settings app and open the Network & Internet category of settings. On the left side of the window, make sure that Status is selected. Then, on the right side of the window, click or tap "Change adapter options."

Change adapter options in Windows 10 Settings

If you use Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, open the Network and Sharing Center window. Next, click or tap the "Change adapter settings" link from the left side of the window.

The Change adapter settings link from the Network and Sharing Center

Regardless of whether you use Windows 10, Windows 7 or 8.1, you should see the list of the network adapters available on your computer or device, including virtual connections and Bluetooth devices.

The Network Connections window

Right-click (or press and hold) the network adapter for which you want to restore the original MAC address and choose Properties.

Accessing the Properties of a network adapter

The Properties window gives you information about the networking protocols used by the current network connection and allows you to install, uninstall or modify them.

Additionally, it gives you the option to configure advanced settings for the network adapter. To do so, click or tap the Configure button.

The configuration options of a network adapter

Click or tap the Advanced tab and select the Network Address property from the Property list. If the default MAC address has been changed, you should see a custom value in the Value field. Select the Not Present check box for the network adapter to reset its MAC address to its original, and then press the OK button.

The Network Address or MAC

To apply the changes, either reboot your computer or device or disable and re-enable the network adapter from Windows.

2. How to restore the original MAC address of a network adapter, using third-party apps

Another method of restoring the MAC address of your network adapter to its original value is to use dedicated third-party software. Technitium MAC Address Changer is an excellent choice for this purpose. You can download the app for free from this website and install it on your Windows computer or device.

Run the app and wait for it to detect all the network adapters installed on your system, together with their MAC addresses.

The Technitium MAC Address Changer app

The application includes many useful options, such as exporting reports about the network adapters, enable or disable IPv4 and IPv6 connectivity, deleting network adapters from the registry and automatically restarting the network adapter to apply the changes you make.

To restore your original MAC address, click or tap the Restore Original button.

The Restore Original MAC address option from Technitium MAC Address Changer

After the program makes the change, you are notified that the network card's MAC address was reset to its default.

MAC address reset to its default value by Technitium MAC Address Changer

Press OK and close Technitium MAC Address Changer.

Which method do you prefer for restoring your network card's original MAC address?

Now that you have at least two straightforward methods of restoring your original MAC address, you should not have significant problems configuring your network adapter. Do you know of other ways? Also, if you had any problems restoring a MAC address to its original value, let us know in the comments section below.