The HWID ban on Overwatch is one of the hardest bans to bypass, and it’s mainly applied to hackers and cheaters in-game. People who use software to have a competitive advantage over the rest of the players, as well as people who hack accounts, will usually get IP Banned instantly; after that, the next stage of the ban is the HWID Ban where part/parts of the computer which are uniquely identifiable will be banned from the game permanently. With that being said, the user won’t connect to the server with just a new account and a new IP address.
While, as I said above, the Overwatch HWID ban mainly applies to cheaters in-game, there are some rare cases when users will get HWID banned from Overwatch without an apparent reason. Whatever your case may be, in this article, you will find all the information you need to bypass an HWID ban in Overwatch.
If you start following this guide, please pay close attention to every step and skip any of those. If you do skip, there is a high chance all your efforts will be wasted.
Before you follow this guide, try this!
So before you follow the main guide, it would be a good idea to try the following easy steps to check if you are HWID banned or it’s just a simple IP Ban. You never know; you may solve your issue in few minutes instead of following the whole guide.
It’s crucial to follow the steps as shown below.
- Go to your search bar and type “%temp%“, hit enter, and click on the folder that will show up. Select all the files and folders inside the temp folder, and delete them.
- Next, navigate to your C: drive -> Windows -> Temp, and select all files and delete them.
- Open your Browser-> Settings -> Clear browsing data, and clear everything from all times.
- Grab the NordVPN and make sure to add the code norddedicatedip to get a dedicated IP address.
- Install NordVPN and connect to your dedicated IP adress.
- Try playing Overwatch.
- If it doesn’t work, no worries, keep the NordVPN and proceed on the actual guide.
Step 1 – Change RAM Position
The first thing you’ll have to do in order to bypass any HWID ban is to make sure to change the position of your RAM sticks.
Before you open and touch anything inside your computer, please, make sure that any electricity source is disconnecting from your computer.
To do that, you’ll have to open your PC/laptop case, locate your RAM stick(s), and remove them from your computer.
After that, put them back in but this time swap the positions between them. Below you can find a table to better understand how to swap your ram sticks positions.
|Positions||RAM ID||Before Swap||After Swap|
Once you do that, move into the next step.
Step 2 – Reset Router
With the HWID ban, there is also an IP Ban combined. Overwatch most likely bans a range of IP addresses, so restarting the router won’t work. So we will reset it to make sure that everything is clean and fresh before we proceed to the next steps. To reset your router completely, most routers will have a small button on the backside, which you should press for 10 – 30 seconds to reset it. Go ahead and do that and change your ethernet cable from the LAN port you had to another one.
Step 3 – Reset Bios (CMOS)
As I mentioned above, your Overwatch HWID ban may be related to your Motherboard, and since buying a new motherboard for just getting yourself unbanned is not so practical, we will do some other stuff that can help us unban the device. You are going to reset your BIOS by following the guide below:
If you are familiar with your computer hardware, then, in summary, all you have to do is:
- Disconnect any power from your computer.
- Take out the small battery from your Motherboard.
- Keep it out for few minutes.
- Put it back in.
- Turn on your PC.
Step 4 – Update BIOS
Now that you have reset your BIOS let’s go ahead and update it to the latest version. Find your exact Motherboard model, navigate to google search, and type “Motherboard model Bios Update”. As you can see in the example below, my Motherboard is the B450 TOMAHAWK MAX. Always make sure that you are on the official motherboard manufacturer website.
Look for the Support page of your Motherboard, and then click on BIOS. Download the latest Bios version, and follow the manufacturer’s installation process. If you are still unsure how to update your BIOS, find a tutorial for your specific model. I am not going to explain it here because every manufacturer’s installation process is slightly different.
Step 5 – Change IP Address
To change your IP address, the best way is to use a VPN service. A VPN would use a proxy server to spoof your actual IP address with a different fresh IP address. But, here is the tricky part. Most VPNs have a pool of IP addresses that any user of their service can use. What this means is that someone may have used the IP address of the VPN on Overwatch before and may trigger securities and ban the account we are going to create on the next step.
The solution to this is to use a VPN service that provides you with a dedicated IP address. This means that apart from you being able to access all the public IP addresses of the service, they will provide you with a dedicated IP address which you will be the only “owner”, so no one else can access it. Not all VPN services have this feature.
The one that does provide high-quality dedicated IP addresses and can be fully trusted, and it’s relatively cheap compared to the competition, is NordVPN. I highly recommend using NordVPN for this particular guide as well as for any other usage. You’ll be able to use it on all devices as well, so you don’t have to pay any extra subscriptions. To get the dedicated IP, make sure to enter the coupon code: norddedicatedip on the checkout page.
There is also a promotion on their website to get it really cheap: Get NordVPN for 2.92/mo!
Once you have installed NordVPN
- Make sure the option to disconnect you from the internet if the VPN is disconnected is enabled.
- Make sure you have enabled OpenVPN (UDP) or OpenVPN (TCP) protocol from the settings tab.
- Locate the Specialty servers category on the right. Click on it to expand.
- Click on Dedicated IP and choose the location you wish.
Step 6 – Create New Overwatch Account
Your old accounts are linked to the HWID ban, so any attempts to log in with that account will not succeed and might as well waste all our efforts till now. So what you want to do here is to go ahead and create a new Overwatch account.
- Make sure the VPN is running on your dedicated IP.
- Create a new account on Overwatch
- Don’t use same email, phone , or any other details.
- Once created, move into the next step.
Step 7 – Fresh Install Windows on different disk.
You want to delete everything related to Overwatch from your disk to not leave any fingerprints behind that could link to your HWID Ban later on. The best way to do that is to format your disk and reinstall your operating system completely. An even better solution would be to disconnect the disk you had Overwatch installed when you got HWID banned and connect a new one to install Windows there.
How to download and install Windows
- Download the latest version of Windows.
- Download Rufus
- Device: Choose your USB Drive
- Boot selection: Choose the Windows file you downloaded from TechBench
- Partition scheme: default
- Target System: Default
- Volume label: Choose a name for the USB drive (e.x Windows 10 latest edition)
- Boot from the USB
Important information and steps while installing Windows
At some point, Windows will ask you which type of installation do you want? It’s crucial to choose Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).
Choose every single drive, click on Delete, and then Create a New one on the next step.
Proceed with the following steps, which are personal preference, and you are pretty much done with the Windows installation.
Perfect, now we got a new Windows installation without fingerprints on the previous Overwatch HWID Ban.
Step 8 – Download and Install the game
Now it’s time to go ahead and download Overwatch and install it on your computer. Before you download it, please make sure your VPN is running at all times.
Once you download and install it, again make sure VPN is running and login with your new account.
That’s it, the Overwatch HWID ban is gone, and you should be able to connect to the game and enjoy playing Overwatch.