HWID (hardware) bans on Team Fortress 2 are the hardest to bypass since, apart from your IP address being banned, there are also one or multiple hardware parts with unique identifiers(IDs) blocked by Team Fortress 2. Game companies are looking for better and more effective ways to ban cheaters in-game that’s why a lot of them, including Team Fortress 2, have started HWID banning players based on their hardware parts permanently in the last few years.
While, as I said above, the Team Fortress 2 hardware ID ban mainly applies to cheaters in-game and people who break the rules, there are some cases when users get hardware banned without an obvious reason.
Whatever your case may be, in this article, you will find all the information you need to spoof and change your hardware IDs to bypass an HWID ban in Team Fortress 2. You will get un hardware banned in Team Fortress 2. This process will take some time, so you have to be patient and careful with the instructions below.
This method will not unban your Team Fortress 2 account, but it will allow you to play Team Fortress 2 on the PC you got HWID Banned.
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The content you will find in this post is for educational and research purposes only.
You are not encouraged to use these methods or techniques.
I’ve collected into a folder all the files and tools you will need to change your HWIDs, and IP / MAC addresses, and bypass the HWID ban on Team Fortress 2.
The same exact method can be used to bypass hardware ban in any game.
HWID Bypass Files
YOU CAN FOLLOW THIS GUIDE WITHOUT DOWNLOADING MY FILES IF YOU WANTED TO.
I made this folder + scripts, to make it possible for everyone to follow the guide. Because not everyone knows how to use commands on CMD, edit the registry, etc.
All files & scripts are clean and virus free, you can check by yourself on Virus Total or with any antivirus software.
SO PLEASE DON’T MESSAGE ME ASKING IF THEY ARE SAFE TO DOWNLOAD
YOU CAN FIND ALL THE OFFICIAL SOURCES IN EACH STEP OF THE ARTICLE AND DOWNLOAD EVERYTHING BY YOURSELF AND DO EVERYTHING MANUALLY IF YOU WISH TO.
The files were updated in March 2023 to keep up with the latest Team Fortress 2 Updates.
Receive the files on your E-mail
(You will also receive emails when there is a new patch/update)
Download the files, extract them, and move the HWID Bypass folder to your C: drive.
How To Get Unbanned From Team Fortress 2 HWID Ban
To get unbanned from the hardware ban on Team Fortress 2 with 100% success, you should do every step of this guide in the same order as shown below and not skip a single one. If you miss anything, you’ll most likely fail to spoof your hardware IDs and get unbanned on Team Fortress 2, and you will have to redo everything.
Step 1 – Uninstall Team Fortress 2 and clear all traces.
The first and most important thing you’ll have to do when you are hardware banned on Team Fortress 2 is to completely uninstall Team Fortress 2 and make sure to clear every single file related to it. We want to ensure that no files are left on the PC that could link you back to the Team Fortress 2 hardware ban.
Navigate to the Control Panel and choose the option Programs.
Next, click on Programs & Features option.
Locate Team Fortress 2, right-click on it, and choose Uninstall.
Now let’s start clearing up all trace files left on your PC.
Double-click each shortcut on the first folder of the files, look for folders/files related to Team Fortress 2, and delete them.
These are the locations you will find in the shortcuts:
- C:\Program Files (x86)
- C:\Program Files
- + more every time they get updated.
Once you delete everything related to Team Fortress 2 from all these locations, the next thing you will have to do is to delete some leftovers in the registry.
Press Windows Key + R, and type Regedit.
A window should pop up. You will have to copy each of the locations below, paste them into the registry search bar, and then look for any folders related to Team Fortress 2 and delete them.
At each location, you will see a lot of folders on the left side.
Right-click on any folder related to Team Fortress 2 and choose Delete.
Step 2 – Edit HWID Registry keys
Now copy this path -> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Cryptography and paste it into the search bar on the top side.
Go to the GUID Generator website, click the button to generate a new GUID, and copy it.
On the right side of the registry window, you should see the “MachineGuid” key. Double-click on it, replace the GUID with the generated one, and click OK.
Again, copy this path -> Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\IDConfigDB\Hardware Profiles\0001 and paste it into the search bar on the top side.
Go to the GUID Generator website, click the button to generate a new GUID, and copy it.
On the right side of the registry window, you should see the “HwProfileGuid” key. Double-click on it, replace the ID with the generated one and click OK.
Now let’s move on to the next step!
Step 3 – Mask your IP Address
We see this all the time in the comments and on the emails we receive that people don’t want to pay for a VPN or want to make this work with a free VPN. Unfortunately, that will not be sustainable, and you will actually spend more money on new accounts and countless hours thinking about why you are getting banned again than just getting a good VPN now.
Even HWID Spoofers will require you to buy a VPN. If you were to buy a working HWID Spoofer for Team Fortress 2, you would have to pay around 500$-1000$ per year for the spoofer + VPN. By following this guide, you only need the VPN(3$-4$ per month) and 15 minutes of your time to follow the steps.
I recommend using NordVPN because they have high-quality VPN servers, ensuring the best gaming experience and the lowest ping possible.
How to correctly set up NordVPN to protect you from getting your actual IP address seen by Team Fortress 2:
Step 4 – Change your Disk’s Serial Number/ID.
VolumeID by Microsoft is used to change the disk’s serial number/ID.
Hard drives are one of the most common hardware parts that get blacklisted on an Team Fortress 2 hardware ban. Luckily, changing your hard drives’ serial number is effortless to do, and it won’t cause any issues on your hard drives or files if you follow the steps below.
Below you can find how to change all your hard drives’ serial numbers.
Navigate to the folder with the previously downloaded files and go to “Step 4 Folder“. You should see a file named “Change Disk IDs“. Right-click on it, and choose “Run as administrator“.
It will open a command prompt with all your drives, and you will be asked which drive ID you want to change. Type just the letter of the Drive and hit enter.
If you want to change the Drive ID manually or revert the changes, follow the steps below:
Run the “Change Disk IDs.cmd” file as administrator and close it directly. We are doing this only to move the required files on the C drive.
Run CMD as administrator and type the following commands:
- cd c:/
- Now for every disk that you have, type -> vol (Disk letter): for example, if you have two disks, let’s say, C & D. You will have to type the following commands:
- vol c:
- vol d:
- Copy the Volume Serial Number of your disks in a separate text file and save it.
- volumeid c: (type the Volume Serial Number you saved before, and change the last two digits to whatever you want) Example: If the previous Volume Serial Number was AB98-1233 , type the command -> volumeid c: AB98-1211
- Do the same for the rest of the disks(if you have any)
- You should get a message the Volume ID is updated.
Okay, that’s it, you’ve successfully changed the hard drives’ serial numbers IDs, and you are one step closer to getting permanently unbanned from Team Fortress 2.
Step 5 – Change the HWIDs of everything.
In this step, you will learn how to change your hardware ID(HWID) on every hardware part of your PC that Team Fortress 2 bans.
AMIWIN64 is used in this step.
If you didn’t download the files, these are the commands you need to use when you run AMIWIN64:
Run each command to see the current ID of each hardware part, and then type the command with the same number of characters as the default ID. (Make sure they are different.)
If you downloaded the files, do the following:
We will change every hardware ID that Team Fortress 2 flags on an HWID ban.
Navigate to “STEP 5 – Change HWIDs of everything” folder, right-click on the “Change ALL HWIDs.cmd” file and choose “Run as administrator“.
Then you will be asked to press any key to continue changing your hardware parts IDs and the command prompt will show you upfront your new hardware IDs for every hardware part that was banned from Team Fortress 2.
Once you press any button to continue, your Command Prompt should look like the one below.
You’ve successfully changed all your system hardware IDs, and you are ready to move on to the next step to permanently fix the ban on Team Fortress 2.
Step 6 – Change your MAC address.
The next thing that immediately gets banned by Team Fortress 2 after the IP address on any HWID ban is the MAC address, so you have to make sure you have a different one.
Below you can find step-by-step instructions on how to change your MAC address on any Windows machine.
Navigate to Settings.
Click on Network & Internet.
Click on “Change adapter options“.
Right-click on your primary internet adapter and click on “Properties“.
Choose Client for Microsoft Networks, and click Configure.
Navigate to the Advanced tab and choose Network Address.
Now go to Browserling, generate a new mac address, copy it, and paste it into the Network address box.
Click OK, and you will be disconnected from the internet for a few seconds/minutes. No worries, it will get back up.
Now do the same thing for the NordVPN adapter. Right-Click on the NordVPN adapter and choose Properties.
Choose “Client for Microsoft Networks” and click “Configure“. Navigate to the Advanced tab, choose MAC Address, and paste a newly generated MAC address from the generator.
Once you’ve changed your ethernet/wifi adapter and the NordVPN’s adapter, MAC Address, proceed to the next step.
If the above method didn’t work for you or some options were missing
Download Technitium MAC Address Changer and follow the instructions below.
There is a program to change your MAC address in the previously downloaded files. Select your Network Connections, click on the “Random MAC Address” button, and click “Change Now!“.
Step 7 – Create or buy a new game account.
It’s time to create a new Team Fortress 2 account or buy a cheap one from one of these websites: MMOGA, MMOGAH.
Navigate to the Team Fortress 2 Official Website and create a new account with new details.
- Use the most commonly used email providers ( Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, Protonmail, etc.) Avoid temporary emails.
- The same goes for the phone number. Don’t use the free numbers you’ll find on websites. Instead, use a phone number you never used before, and get a cheap one from Tossable Digits, Hushed or TextVerified(One-time verification).
- Don’t use Russian Numbers until further notice.
Step 8 – Change Monitor HWID.(Optional)
In some rare cases, your monitor serial might also be a part of the HWID ban. I would say that it’s worth changing it since the process is straightforward and quick. To change your Monitors ID Serial, follow the steps below:
Navigate to the folder -> STEP 8 – Change Monitor HWID, right-click on CRU.exe, and choose “Run as Administrator“.
On the top side of the Custom Resolution Utility app, choose your Monitor/s and click on the “Edit” button.
Change the value of the ID Serial and click OK.
Step 9 – Hide Mouse, Keyboard, and Controller serial numbers.(Optional)
Getting your mouse, keyboard, controller, and other peripherals banned or flagged is rare, and it mostly happens in manual HWID bans. Since it will only take one to two minutes to hide all your peripheral serial numbers, I recommend doing it to be safe.
Below you can find step-by-step instructions on how to spoof and change your mouse, keyboard, controller, and any computer peripheral ID/Serial Number:
Navigate to the “STEP 9 – Hide Mouse, Keyboard, and Controller serial numbers.” folder or download USBDeview, right-click on USBDeview.exe , and choose “Run as administrator“.
Locate your Mouse, right-click on it, and select “Open In RegEdit“.
Right-click on the marked folder on Registry Editor and choose “Permissions“. A window will pop up, and you should find the “Read” column and tick the “Deny” option. Once you do that, click Apply and OK.
Repeat the same steps for your keyboard and controller(if you have one).
Step 10 – Set up Everything Correctly.
Please navigate to the official website of Team Fortress 2, download it, install it, and don’t run the game just yet.
- Open NordVPN, go to “Settings” and make sure “Kill Switch” is enabled.
- Connect to a server in your preferred country. (Servers closer to you will get you better ping)
- Run Team Fortress 2 and log in with your new account.
- Enjoy the game, and leave a comment below to let me know if it worked for you!