Last Updated on 14th January 2023
Shadow bans on Call of Duty: Warzone 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 Warzone 2. Game companies are looking for better and more effective ways to ban cheaters in-game that’s why a lot of them, including Call of Duty: Warzone 2, have started shadowbanning players based on their hardware parts.
While as I said above, the Call of Duty Warzone 2 shadowban mainly applies to cheaters in-game and people who break the rules. But there are some cases when users will get hardware banned without an obvious reason.
Shadowbans last from a few days to two weeks, and after that, your account will have to pass another check and it will be decided if you get permanently banned aka HWID/IP banned or your account gets back to its normal state.
If you are still unsure what’s going on with your account, you might be asking, what is a shadowban Warzone 2? Shadowban on Warzone 2 is when your account is “banned” but there is no indication for that. You are not prohibited from playing COD: Warzone 2 but your account will be limited and you will be placed in some “special” lobbies with other players who are shadowbanned until Activision decides if they should unshadow ban your account or not.
The next question you may have is that since there is no indication of the shadowban, how can someone check if they are shadowbanned on Warzone 2?
Checking if you are shadowbanned on Warzone 2 is pretty easy. Just queue up like you normally do, and if matchmaking takes a very long time to find a match for you or your ping is 350ms while queueing up or it seems to never find a match, that means that you are shadowbanned. That’s why you will see people referring to the shadowban as the Warzone 2 350ms queue ping ban.
To get un shadowbanned on Call of Duty: Warzone 2 with 100% success, you should do every step of this guide in the same exact order as shown below and not skip a single one. If you do skip or change the order you will most likely get banned instantly again!!
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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 shadow ban on Warzone 2. The same exact method can be used to bypass hardware ban in any game.
Shadow Ban Bypass Files
YOU CAN FOLLOW THIS GUIDE WITHOUT DOWNLOADING MY FILES.
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 on November 2022 to keep up with the latest Call of Duty Warzone 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.
Step 1 – Uninstall Call of Duty Warzone 2 and clear all traces.
The first and most important thing you’ll have to do when you are hardware banned on Warzone 2 is to completely uninstall the game and make sure to clear every single file related to them. We want to ensure that no files are left on the PC that could link you back to the shadow ban.
Navigate to the Control Panel and choose the option Programs.
Next, click on Programs & Features option.
Locate Call of Duty Warzone 2 and the launcher, right-click on it, and choose Uninstall.
Now let’s start clearing up all trace files left on your PC. Please double-click each shortcut on the first folder of the files, look for folders/files related to Call of Duty Warzone 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 Call of Duty Warzone 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 do now to copy each of the locations below, paste them into the registry search bar, and then look for any folders related to Call of Duty Warzone 2/launcher and delete them.
- + more locations on the files.
At each location, you will see a lot of folders on the left side.
Right-click on any folder related to Call of Duty Warzone 2 and the Launcher and choose Delete.
That’s it, by clearing all those files, you just made sure there is no way those files can link you back to the shadow ban.
Step 2 – Edit HWID Registry keys
Next, you will need to edit a few registry keys that could link you back to the Call of Duty Warzone 2 shadowban.
Below you can find step-by-step instructions on how to edit all registry keys that could possibly link you back to the shadowban.
Press Win Key + R on your keyboard, and a small window on the bottom left should appear. Type “Regedit” and hit enter.
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 on 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 on 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 & Setup your IP Address
I recommend using NordVPN because they have dedicated IP addresses which means that you will be the only person connecting to Call Of Duty Warzone 2 from them.
Why is the dedicated IP important?
Because you will have a fresh IP address only for yourself that no one else can connect from.
The shared servers from all VPN services are public to everyone with a subscription, which means that the chances that someone already got a public IP banned from Call Of Duty Warzone 2 are very high.
How to correctly set up the VPN to protect you from getting your actual IP address seen by Call Of Duty Warzone 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 a Warzone 2 shadowban. Luckily, changing your hard drives’ serial number is effortless to bypass, 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 the serial numbers of all of your hard drives.
Navigate to the folder with the files you previously downloaded and go to step 2. 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 it will ask you which drive ID you would like to change. Type just the letter of the Drive and hit enter.
Press any key to continue, and your drives SN should be changed(you will see the confirmation message).
Do the same thing for the other drives once you get a message that the drive ID has been changed successfully. Once you’ve changed all of your drive ids, move on to the next step of the guide.
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 bypassing the shadow ban from Warzone 2.
Step 5 – Change the HWIDs of everything.
AMIWIN64 is used in this step.
Now it’s time to change the system UUID, Baseboard serial number, System Serial, Chassis serial, etc. This is where all the magic happens. We are going to change every single hardware identifier that Warzone 2 flags on a shadow ban.
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 Call of Duty Warzone 2 flags on an shadow 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 Warzone 2.
Once you press any button to continue, your Command Prompt should look something 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 get unshadowbanned from Warzone 2.
Step 6 – Change your MAC address.
The next thing that immediately gets banned by Call of Duty Warzone 2 after the IP address on any ban as well as the shadowban 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 this website, generate a new mac address, copy it, and paste it to the Network address box.
Click OK, and you will be disconnected for a few seconds/minutes from the internet. 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.
Navigate to the Call of Duty Warzone 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 number from Tossable Digits or Hushed.
- 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 shadowban. 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 shadow 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 – Download and Install the game.
Now it’s time to go ahead and download Warzone 2 and install it on your computer.
Please navigate to the official website of Warzone 2, download it, install it, and log in with your new account.