#1 By: howtogeek, May 10th, 2013 12:36
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/tips/how-to-quickly-get-the-mac-address-of-any-windows-pc-on-your-network/
Did you know you can get any Windows computer’s MAC address without leaving your chair?
#2 By: Xhi, May 10th, 2013 12:45
Hmmm. When I try it it wants a password from the computer I am on, Medion-PC. The legitimate password does not work.
#3 By: Lowell Heddings, May 10th, 2013 12:53
Yeah, it's doing the same thing for me. I'm guessing it only works on a Windows domain, but we'll get @taygibb to let us know what the deal is.
#4 By: Harry S, May 10th, 2013 13:21
Works fine for me. Window 7 64 bit
#5 By: Taylor Gibb, May 10th, 2013 13:33
@xhi @geek use this if you are not on a Domain:
getmac /s viper /U administrator /P Viper$Replace username and password with those of an account on the remote machine. Soon as someone can confirm this also works for them ill update the article.
Also after some testing with @geek this doesnt appear to work with Microsoft Accounts, so you will have to use local creds.
#6 By: Xhi, May 10th, 2013 13:51
This if I did it right did not work for me.
The computer I'm on has no user password for user xhi. The computer upstairs has user xhi with the password I typed.
#7 By: Taylor Gibb, May 10th, 2013 14:06
#8 By: Taylor Gibb, May 10th, 2013 14:07
@xhi Ok i read your post wrong at first. Change your username to upstairs\xhi
#9 By: Xhi, May 10th, 2013 14:28
I actually got up from my chair and went upstairs to verify the password, lol. No luck yet.
#10 By: Taylor Gibb, May 10th, 2013 14:31
@xhi LOL. What operating systems are you using?
#11 By: Lowell Heddings, May 10th, 2013 14:39
I'm not having luck either, but I'm thinking I must have a setting wrong somewhere. I can't access the shared folders on that computer either.
#12 By: Xhi, May 10th, 2013 14:41
I was on vista to a windows 7. But, I just went into my office and tried W7 to W7 and same result.
#13 By: Taylor Gibb, May 10th, 2013 14:45
I wont lie here, i dont have any idea as to why its not working for you. However, the fact that it also works for @the1aitch leads me to suspect a config error.
@xhi The fact that you using the same name for both user accounts may or may not have something to do with it. Thats the only thing i can actually think of. @geek does your setup use the same names?
#14 By: Xhi, May 10th, 2013 14:47
Tried it Windows 7 to a Windows 8 computer and got
Error: the RPC server is unavailable.
Have no idea what that is.
#15 By: Taylor Gibb, May 10th, 2013 14:49
@xhi I just got the same message on one of my setups, i think i may be on to something.
#16 By: Taylor Gibb, May 10th, 2013 14:53
@xhi OK as a test disable your firewall on all network profiles (if you are using the built in firewall) on the Windows 8 machine. Then try go from the Windows 7 machine to the Windows 8 machine like above, you shouldnt get an RPC error anymore.
#17 By: Iszi, May 10th, 2013 15:08
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.
#18 By: Taylor Gibb, May 10th, 2013 15:20
@Iszi Mostly because i didnt think of that. Also because i was using the technique i wrote apart as part of a much bigger project im working on.
5 points that though, its an awesome tip!
#19 By: Lowell Heddings, May 10th, 2013 15:30
Just updated the article to mention that. Definitely simpler.
I figured out an interesting tip while testing.. I was pinging my desktop and it defaulted to IPv6. The ping command supports a -4 argument to force pinging IPv4 instead. So like
ping -4 PCNAME.
#20 By: Xhi, May 10th, 2013 16:28
Turning off firewall got me back to password not recognized.
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