I tried to follow the instructions here, but my card doesn't seem to have that option. Is there another way to do this?

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How do I change the MAC address of my Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 adapter?

This is not possible. For security reasons, Intel does not support this practice.

The Media Access Control (MAC) address is hard-coded on Intel wireless adapters and cannot be changed.

Some third-party software applications can "spoof" a MAC address to a different address, but for security reasons, Intel does not support this practice.

Beginning with 12.x wireless driver package, the possibility of "spoofing" the MAC address was blocked to prevent this practice.

The article includes a list of products this applies to (the list includes the Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260).

Source Can I Change the MAC Address for My Wireless Adapter?

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    I tested it on latest linux kernel, this is something entirely possible even if the Intel’s driver is written as binary blob. Dec 16, 2016 at 9:57
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    This is easy as pie in Ubuntu so it has nothing to do with the hardware.
    – Jake
    Apr 7, 2017 at 21:48
  • @Jake The question is tagged Windows.
    – DavidPostill
    Apr 7, 2017 at 21:49

Although Intel doesn't support it anymore, it still does work for me with the AC 7260 and driver version

Only thing that took me some tries and searching was the fact that Microsoft restricts spoofing for wireless cards in Windows, so that you have to use 2,6,A or E for the second character.

So your MAC has to follow one of these patterns:





If you add the following to your registry you should even be able to edit it again in the advanced configuration options. BUT BEWARE to find the correct ID number for your wireless adapter. So please change the key name "0002" in the following code to the correct number for your card. To find that go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4d36e972-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318} in the registry and look through the keys named "0000", "0001" etc. and look for their "DriverDesc" values when making a *.reg file and before adding it to your registry.

Code for registry file is the following:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


"ParamDesc"="Network Address"






Copy the text above to a blank text document, edit the number in the registry path, save it as a .reg file and then run it to apply.

  • Nice tip, but why is the second hex number limited to that 4 one?
    – rekire
    Aug 12, 2016 at 20:35
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    Does not seem to work for me. Anybody had success with this recently?
    – Demiurg
    Nov 8, 2016 at 11:25
  • @f1LL : one which Windows® version ? Dec 16, 2016 at 9:58
  • @Demiurg no luck either. My guess is they removed the parameter.
    – Ryan Amos
    Dec 17, 2016 at 19:34
  • Worked for me on a i7-5500U with Wireless-AC 7265 adapter with the driver!!! I'm curious about why the limitation of the second character.
    – Leonel
    Dec 23, 2016 at 22:38

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