How to Find a MAC Address on an HP Laptop

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For those of us who aren't very tech-savvy, it's possible for computer lingo to be a little bit confusing. If you happen to be in the position of needing to find specific identification numbers of your HP (Hewlett-Packard) laptop, you may not even know where to begin. For example, your HP's MAC (Media Access Control) address is a 12-digit identification number the manufacturer assigns to your network adapter. Even though this is all very technical, finding the address on your HP is a relatively quick and easy process.

  • Access the main desktop window on your HP laptop and click on "Start" in the menu bar. This is located on the bottom left corner of your computer's desktop screen.

  • Select "Run" or "Start Search" (depending on your version of Windows) from the list of options in the menu.

  • Type "CMD" into the dialog box and press the "Enter" key. Wait for the DOS window, otherwise known as a command prompt window, to appear on the screen.

  • Type "IPCONFIG/ALL" when prompted by the computer and press the "Enter" key. A display window will appear on the screen listing the configuration of all the network adapters on your HP laptop.

  • Locate the heading "Ethernet Adapter Wireless Internet Connection" in the display window. Under this heading you will see your 12-digit MAC address. It may also be labeled as "Physical Address."

  • To exit the display window, type "Exit" at the command prompt and hit the "Enter" key.



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