Windows 10 changing MAC Address and remove Machine GUID

  1.    10 Mar 2017 #1

    Windows 10 changing MAC Address and remove Machine GUID


    I have couple of questions here, Does changing your mac address, removing machine GUID, and changing the hostname harm to your computer ?
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       10 Mar 2017 #2

    No, it does not harm the computer but quite possibly will harm connections, networking, things you want to do with the equipment you have. What is the need for changing?
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  3.    10 Mar 2017 #3

    Changing mac address can stop the network working if you get it wrong
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  4.    10 Mar 2017 #4

    Mac addresses are assigned to networking devices by the manufacturers because each of them have a set of addresses they can use.

    If your PC has both wired and wireless networking, it will actually have two Mac addresses - one for each device.

    You really should not be changing them, and if you are "spoofing" addresses (i.e., providing a fake address), that could be considered illegal activity in some contexts and should be avoided.
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  5.    10 Mar 2017 #5

    I need to change it because i've been banned from an online games for no reason and the admin advice me to do this step:
    1. Change MAC address with TMAC
    2. Change the hostname in regedit
    3. Removing random number in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\xxxx and last one
    4. Removing machine GUID in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Cryptography
    That's step i need to do, to get unbanned. But i afraid all of step above could harm my computer because of changing registry.
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       10 Mar 2017 #6

    Usually the worst thing that happens when futzing around in the Registry is a wrong entry can prevent booting up, results in reinstalling Windows. I always make a new System Restore point before working in the Registry. Or one can use Registry menu options to Export a copy of the Registry, click on the topmost item on the list in the left column first.
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  7.    10 Mar 2017 #7

    Before i begin this step i need to know first what is that random number, machine GUID and hostname is ?
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