Batchography: Changing the MAC address on Windows – A free Batch script

batchography-good-resIn a previous post entitled “How to get unlimited free Internet at Airports“, I showed you how to circumvent the time limit imposed by the “free” Wi-Fi connections in certain airports.

For that trick to work, you were required to update the MAC address of your computer each time the free time is over.

In this blog post, I am going to share with you the ChangeMACAddressBatch script that I wrote with the help and instructions from the excellent Batchography book.

The script makes use of various recipes illustrated in the Batchography book (in Chapter 4) and uses the various Batch scripting language syntax (Chapters 1 and 2) and methodologies (Chapter 3). Therefore, I will not be explaining the script’s contents or how it works because it will become evident if you read the Batchography book.

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How to use the script interactively

To begin with, you need to run the script with administrative privileges.

Running the script as an administrator


On Windows 8 and above, just press Win+X and choose “Command Prompt (Admin)” like this:

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Otherwise, if you are using the Windows Explorer window, then right-click on your script and choose “Run as Administrator”:

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Starting the script

When you first run the script, you will be presented with the main menu that will show you a list of all the adapters you have on your system.

On my laptop for instance, I have 4 adapters:

  • An Ethernet adapter
  • 2 x VMWare virtual adapters
  • A Wi-Fi adapter

Using the keyboard, type the adapter number that you want to inspect and/or change its MAC address:

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Let’s press “4” in this case and go inside that adapter’s information screen. Continue reading

Batchography: Useful keyboard shortcuts for editing and working with the command prompt

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In the Batchography book, not only you will learn about the command prompt’s keyboard shortcuts, macros and what not, but you will also learn the basic and fundamental topics for programming in the Batch language.

In this blog post, I present to you an excerpt from Chapter 1 in the Batchography book that covers all the useful keyboard shortcuts. My new favorite one is the F11 keyboard shortcut that is present in Windows 10 and up.

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Kindle edition – Batchography: The Art of Batch Files Programming

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After one month of releasing the Batchography book, this month I released the e-book Kindle edition.

The benefits of the e-book Kindle edition is that you can buy the book from many countries in just a few clicks: USA, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Japan, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Australia, India.
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In the Batchography book, you will learn about:

  • The Basic concepts of Batch file scripting
  • Data structures: Arrays, Stacks, Sets, Maps
  • Multiline, compound and conditional statements
  • Function calls and repetition control structures
  • Files and strings manipulation techniques
  • Debugging and troubleshooting tips
  • Coding conventions and testing methodologies

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WifiPasswordReveal: A script to reveal all the saved WiFi passwords in Windows 7 and above

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The “How to show saved Windows 7 Wifi passwords” turned out to be a popular article and to make the life of my readers easier, I decided to apply a newly acquired knowledge and write a tool to make it SUPER EASY to get all the saved WiFi passwords without needing administrative privileges and without having to click through various settings dialogs.

Note: In some cases, if the script fails to run, then you may want to run the script as administrator.

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Introducing the “Batchography: The Art of Batch Files Programming” book

buy-from-amazonLong gone are the days when you had to use search engines to jump from one website to another in order to figure out the syntax or how to solve a problem using a Batch file script. The Batchography book is a boon for system administrators, build engineers, programmers and home users alike. It takes you on a journey of re-discovery of the lost art of Batch files programming. Whether you are an experienced user or new to the language, you will be surprised by the clarity and the abundance of the material presented in this book. With more than 140 scripting recipes, you will learn about things that you never thought were possible to achieve using the Batch files scripting language.

In the Batchography book, you will learn about:

  • The Basic concepts of Batch file scripting
  • Data structures: Arrays, Stacks, Sets, Maps
  • Multiline, compound and conditional statements
  • Function calls and repetition control structures
  • Files and strings manipulation techniques
  • Debugging and troubleshooting tips
  • Coding conventions and testing methodologies

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Enable and use Bash under Windows 10

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Starting from Windows 10 build 14316 you will be able to use Bash from Windows, with the Ubuntu flavor without running a VM.

Bash will run natively on the OS without virtualization. It is implemented as new Windows subsystem.

In this article I will show you all the required steps to get Bash up and running in Windows 10! Continue reading

How to remove the Windows 10 upgrade button from the tray icon

In a previous post, I spoke about the new Windows 10 update coming to Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

With operating systems prior to Windows 10, you may noticed a new tray icon showing up like this:

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This icon is used to update to Windows 10:

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If you don’t want to update just yet, then just follow the steps below to remove the tray icon.

Method 1 – Removing the tray icon

The tray icon will remain and it can be annoying for some people, therefore to remove it, you can use various methods as described in these articles #1 and #2.

To make things simple, you may use the “Task Scheduler” and navigate to “Task Scheduler Library\Microsoft\Windows\Setup\gwx” as shown in the screenshot below and then delete the two entries there:

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Method 2 – Uninstalling KB3035583

As indicated in this article, you can also remove the KB3035583 from the installed updates lists.

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