How to Restore Your Network Card's Original MAC Address
As discussed in some of our previous articles, you might find yourself in situations where you need to change the MAC address of your network adapter in order to connect to a certain network. But what do you do when you have to restore the original MAC address and you don't know what that is? Luckily, you can easily restore the MAC address by using either the Network and Sharing Center in Windows or a third party application, like the one we will share in this article. Read on to learn how to restore the original MAC address of your network card.
How to Restore the Original MAC Address Using the Network and Sharing Center
The easiest way to restore the original MAC address of your network adapter is by using the Network and Sharing Center that's found in Windows.
First, you need to open the Network and Sharing Center window. If you don't know how to do this, read this article to learn more: What is the Network and Sharing Center in Windows?.
Once the Network and Sharing Center opens, you can see information about your active network connections, set up new connections, change network adapter settings or troubleshoot problems.
Next, click or tap the "Change adapter settings" link on the left hand side of the window.
Now you will see all of the network adapters available on your computer or device, including virtual connections or Bluetooth devices.
Press and hold or right click the network adapter for which you want to change the MAC address and press Properties.
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 of the network adapter. To do so, click or tap the Configure button.
Then, click or tap the Advanced tab and select the Network Address property from the Property list. If the MAC address has been changed, you will see a custom value in the Value field.
Select the Not Present check box in order for the network adapter to revert to its original MAC address and then press the OK button.
To apply the changes, either reboot your computer or device, or disable and re-enable the network adapter from Windows.
How to Restore the Original MAC Address Using Third Party Software
Another method of restoring the MAC address of your network adapter to its original value is to use a dedicated third party software. One of the available solutions for this operation is Technitium MAC Address Changer. You can download the application for free from their website and install it on your Windows based computer or device.
Once you run the application, it will detect all of the network adapters installed on your system together with their MAC addresses.
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.
After the program changes the MAC address, you are notified regarding the result.
Press OK and close Technitium MAC Address Changer.
Now that you have at least two straightforward methods of restoring your original MAC address, you shouldn't have big problems configuring your network adapter. We also recommend reading some of our related articles that are listed at the end of this article.
Additionally, we'd like to know if you had any problems restoring a MAC address to its original value. Let us know in the comments below!