Find MAC or IP Addresses in Windows 7

This article was modified on 2012-08-30 10:00:09


If you need to find your MAC and IP address in Windows 7: here’s how to do it. For Windows XP or older versions read this article. There are two methods that I am about to show.
 
1. Open and use Microsoft Windows Command Interpreter (cmd.exe)
 
Note: It will also work on older versions of Microsoft Windows XP and Vista. Press “Start” button in Windows and right-after click on the first choice named "Search programs and files".
 
Windows 7 start button
 
Search programs and files Windows 7
 
In the small search window type “cmd” or “cmd.exe” – it doesn’t matter. Select the cmd.exe program or hit “Enter” button.
 
Open cmd.exe aka Command Prompt program
 
A new window will open, it will look like in the following image:
 
Windows 7 interpreter
 
Type “ipconfig /all (without using quotes) in this window and press “Enter”. I have highlighted this using the red color.
 
ipconfig all command
 
Note: A computer can have more than 1 Network Card installed. Most computers have more than one and the best example would be: a Wireless Network Card plus an Ethernet Network Card (cable).

In the following image you can see a Mac Address and an IP address. Both of them have different names. As you can see, if you’re interested in the Mac Address you have to look for “Physical Address” and the letters and numbers that comes after. If you need the IP you have to look for IPv4 or IPv6 and note the numbers. I have highlighted both of them.
 
Mac and IP addresses in Windows 7 command prompt
 
Important: Skip to the second method (scroll down) as I am going to create a small FAQ-Troubleshooting section that might be helpful. Just in case you have a question:
 
Q: When I type “ipconfig /all” I cannot see any adapters or Mac and IP address
 
A: If you can see this message: “Windows IP Configuration”. It means this: your network card is either (1) disabled or (2) not installed. To fix this, you have to enable or install your network card.
 
Q: I can see the Mac address (Physical Address) of my computer but not an IP Address (IPv4 or IPv6).
 
A: A computer Mac (Physical Address) has nothing to do with an IP Address. They are different. The Network Card assigns a Mac address (Physical Address). The router assigns an IP address to a Network Card. If it’s unable to connect to a router or ISP, there is no IP address displayed.
 
Q: What is the difference between 192.168 IP’s and 80.140 or any other numbers?
 
A: A router assigns an IP starting with 192.168.X.X. This is a private IPv4 network address and has nothing to do with your real IP address when you use the Internet. An Internet Service Provider server will assign to each customer a (1) changeable (changes each time when you’re connecting to the Internet) or (2) static (it doesn’t change) IP address. It could mean billions of numbers. Great, so if you and your brother use 2 laptops you can’t split the Internet Connection – only one of if you will be able to use it. That’s where a router will do the job. Using NAT (Network Address Translation) it can manage an Internet Connection. Provides to 2 or more computers a unique private IP network address. The advantage: multiple computers can use the Internet sharing the same connection and the same real IP address.
 
2. Second method if you need to get the Mac or IP address from Windows 7
 
In Windows 7:
 
Go to Start (button) - Control Panel - Network and Internet - Network and Sharing Center.
 
View active networks in Windows 7
 
Next, click on "Local Area Connection" and a window named "Local Area Connection Status" will open.
 
Local Area Connection Status
 
Find and click on "Details" button, another window will open and you will see your IP and Mac address of your computer.
 
Network Connection Details
 
I know the second method looks easier and maybe it is but it's not helpful. A disabled network card won’t offer you much details. Using the first method will ease your work and identify the problem.
 


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