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How To Quickly Get The MAC Address of any Windows PC on Your Network

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Did you know you can get any Windows computer’s MAC address without leaving your chair?

Simply open a command prompt and type:

getmac /s viper

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If you are not on a domain, you may have to use the /U switch and pass the name of an administrator account on the other computer.

getmac /s <machine> /u <username> /p <password>

If you have issues with that, you can always use the arp command. You can use the ping command to figure out the IP address of a computer name, and then use this syntax:

arp -a <ipaddress>

There are probably a lot of other ways to get the information, but this will work.

Notable Replies

  1. Iszi

    Why don't we just use arp? Sure, it takes two steps. But it's quick and fairly reliable. Ping the hostname to get the IP and verify it's up, then just arp -a | find "xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx" (replace x's with the IP). No admin login required.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 05/10/13

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