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How To Change The Device Hardware ID On Windows 10

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When using a Windows 10 PC you can change the hardware device ID which can help track any incorrectly detected devices on your Windows operating system.

The process is a quite straightforward easy-to-do procedure so let’s get started.

The process will begin by running the systemd-machine-id-setup command which will create a new machine ID. But also you will be able to delete device IDs from within the Windows Registry as well.

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Changing The Hardware ID on Windows 10 & 11 

You can change your computers hardware Id by following the below steps:

  1. Open settings on windows 10.
  2. Go into the Control Panel.
  3. Choose Advanced System.
  4. You will see your computer name so double-click on it.
  5. Type the string of characters you would like to use as the new machine Id.
  6. Then click on OK to finish the process.

What Is A Device Hardware ID In Windows 10?

Every piece of hardware inside your Windows PC or laptop will have an ID matched to it which is called a Hardware ID or Device ID.

You can see the hardware ID of each component in your windows PC by going into Device Manager and right clicking on the component and choosing Hardware ID.

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This will now give you the exact hardware ID, Vendor ID, SUBSYS ID, and revision number. All this can be useful when ordering parts for your laptop or PC too.

How To Permanently Change The Hardware ID In Windows 10

To permanently change the hardware Id you will need to do this through the Windows Registry system.

First, you will want to get the device ID of the hardware you are wanting to change the ID for to do this follow the below steps:

  1. Go into the Control Panel.
  2. Choose Device Manager
  3. Choose the device or component and right-click on it.
  4. Now right-click on the hardware ID and choose to change the hardware ID.

Now to make the changes permanent you will be using the Windows registry to do this.

  1. Open Windows Registry.
  2. Locate the HwProfileGuid key.
  3. Replace this ID with your newly generated one.

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How To Find The Device Id On Windows 10

This is the same process used for finding the hardware ID and you may need to know this information if you are having any issues with specific hardware or want to install a new piece of hardware to your Windows PC.

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Also knowing your device ID can help you install the correct Driver for your Windows to have the hardware running smoothly with your Windows PC.

You can follow the below steps to find your Device ID on Windows 10.

  1. Go into the Control Panel.
  2. Choose Device Manager
  3. Choose the device or component and right-click on it then you will see the device ID

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FAQ – Changing Device Hardware ID On Windows

Are All Hardware IDs Unique On Windows 10?

Yes, the actual hardware ID of your devices inside Windows 10 is unique to just your system.

Are All Hardware IDs Unique On Windows 10?

Yes, the actual hardware ID of your devices inside Windows 10 is unique to just your system.

So when you purchase a new laptop it will have its own hardware Id but then the product and vendor ID will be the same across all laptops making your hardware Id the only unique ID.

Will Reinstalling Windows 10 Make New Hardware IDs?

Yes, your hardware will keep its same hardware ID but you may need to reinstall drivers for a lot of your devices by using the device manager.

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Conclusion

This article has covered how to change your Hardware ID on Windows 10 and other Windows installations. 

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