Category Archives: Windows

How to Spoof Your MAC Address in Windows 7

Just recently I was doing some security consulting for a corporation in the area, and had to use a Windows 7 Professional computer, unlike my normal Linux setup. I tried everything to spoof the MAC address and it wouldn’t work. After doing some intense research and looking at Microsoft’s TechNet forums, Intel postings, and just random websites, I found a few different options, ranging from costing a few dollars, to a few free solutions, so I said what the heck and gave it a shot, starting first with what I knew normally worked, regedit. Needless to say, it didn’t work, and discouraged me. Then, attempting to go to Network and Sharing Center, and modifying the properties of the adapter, the option that was “supposed” to be there wasn’t, and nonetheless I was fed up, and well, said what the heck, and tried SMAC MAC Address Changer, which set me back $19.99 (I know there was a trial, but the trial was more of a demo instead of a trial).  Then, out of the worst luck possible, SMAC didn’t work, at all. Fed up, I just put it away for the day, with my mind going back to the drawing board. Funny thing is, I felt like I had tried everything, but didn’t realize (at the time) I jumped the gun on a few options, and decided to take another look. After finding a program that a TechNet poster recommended, I tried MacMakeUp, because, well it was a free software after all, and I didn’t have anything to lose. And IT WORKED! So, I have replicated the steps below, for anyone who is sharing all the problems I had.

Step 1: Download MacMakeUp from Softpedia (http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Mac-Makeup-Download-9802.html)



NOTE: Please be aware that I, Michael R. McNeill, as well as, Connected Site Solutions, Softpedia, or anybody else will NOT accept responsibility for the software you are downloading. Softpedia does check the files for malware, but nobody can guarantee 100% that they are clean. Keep in mind that the integrity and safety of any downloaded software may be affected if it is modified via unofficial patches or other methods. For your own protection ALWAYS check downloaded files for viruses.

Step 2: Open Control Panel

Step 3: Select Network and Internet

Step 4: Select Network and Sharing Center

Step 5: Select “Change adapter settings” in the left sidebar

Step 6: Select which adapter you wish to modify and right click on disable.  (KEEP THIS WINDOW UP/MINIMISED! DO NOT CLOSE IT!)

Step 7: Continue through the User Account Control (UAC) Prompt (if applicable)

Step 8: Extract the downloaded ZIP file.

Step 9: Right click on MacMakeUp and select “Run as Administrator”

Step 10: Continue through the User Account Control (UAC) Prompt (if applicable)

Step 11: Select which adapter you want to change

Step 12: Enter your Modified MAC Address, or hit “Generate Random” and select “Completely Random MAC”

Step 13: Select “Change”

Step 14: You should get the message “MAC spoofed. Remember to disable/enable the adapter!”

Step 15: Open the minimized Network Connections window and right-click the adapter you just spoofed. Select enable.

Step 16: Continue through the User Account Control (UAC) Prompt (if applicable)

Step 17: To verify, search in the start menu for “cmd” (without the quotes) and when it finds CMD right-click it and select “Run as Administrator”.

Step 18: Continue through the User Account Control (UAC) Prompt (if applicable)

Step 19: Now in the command prompt type “ipconfig /all” (without the quotes) and look for the adapter you modified!

Step 20: You should have a modified MAC! Congratulations!

Windows 7 Online Activation Error 0xC004C008

Yesterday, I was installing Windows 7 on a friend’s computer, and I got error code 0xC004C008 when I attempted to activate over the internet.  I had never seen that error before, but after some research, it is a common error that can be easily resolved (if you don’t mind automated phone systems).

Microsoft says that error code 0xC004C008 can be caused by a number of things, such as your computer’s hardware recently changed, Windows 7 was reinstalled on the same computer, your Windows 7 product key was transferred from another computer, or the ‌Windows 7 product key that you’re trying to use has already been used on the maximum number of computers that your license allows.

Here is the work around. 

  • If you don’t already have the Activation Window open, click on the start menu, right click on “Computer” and select “Properties”, and then click on “Activate Windows now”.
  • Click “Show me other ways to activate.”
  • Type your product key in the boxes provided (your cursor will automatically advance)
  • Click “Use the automated phone system” and then select “Next”
    • You might be prompted by UAC to continue or enter your administrator password.
  • Select the country that you live in from the drop-down list, then select “Next”.
  • Call the number that is provided for you.
    • An automated system will guide you through the activation process, if there are any problems, the automated system will transfer you to a Microsoft Activation Representative, and they will take it from there.
  • Next either the automated phone system, or the representative will give you a confirmation ID, as they are telling you the confirmation ID, type it into the boxes provided (your cursor will automatically advance).
    • Make sure to stay on the line until the activation is successful. If for some reason, the activation is not successful, the automated phone system can help you, or they will transfer you to a Microsoft Activation Representative who will get the issue resolved for sure.

How to Get Rid of the Annoying “Windows is checking for a solution to this problem” Box

Whenever I have a program that hangs, I get the most annoying message ever before it actually closes.  “Windows is checking for a solution to this problem”! On top of that it takes forever to gather its stupid information! Luckily there is a quick and easy solution to never have to see this stupid error ever again.

Windows 7

  • Go to your start menu, and search for “Action Center” (Without the Quotes)
  • Open the Action Center
  • Click on “Change Action Center Settings” in the Sidebar
  • Click “Problem Reporting Settings”
  • Select “Never Check for a Solution”

Windows Vista

  • Go to your start menu, and search for “Problem Reports and Solutions” (Without the Quotes)
  • Open the Problem Reporting and Solution Center
  • Click “Change Settings”
  • Click “Advanced Settings”
  • Select “For my programs, problem reporting is:” OFF.

How to Automatically Log into a User Account in Windows XP, Vista, and 7

I have a younger brother, who has a Toshiba Laptop, running Windows 7 Home Premium. He loves to play games, and as such tries a lot of different gaming websites, even some that are malicious.  So, I decided to try and add a little bit more protection, I would add an “Admin” user account, so that only I could install things on his computer.  But, I didn’t want to create an extra hassle for him, I needed simplicity. So I made his computer auto-logon to his “Standard” user account.  Here is how it works.

  • Press the Windows Key and r at the same time. (or you can click on the Start Menu, then click Run)
  • Type in “control userpasswords2” (without the quotation marks)
  • This will show an advanced prompt for the User Accounts.
  • Select the account you want to auto-logon to, and uncheck the box “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.”
  • Click on the Apply Button.
  • Enter the password of the account you want to automatically log into (if there is a password)
  • Re-enter the password of the account for validation (if there is a password)
  • The password will not be required to be entered again!