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    Find Serial Number of Windows PC

    Find Serial Number of Windows PC

    How to Find Serial Number of Windows PC
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    09 Mar 2017
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    How to Find Serial Number of Windows PC

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    Sometimes abbreviated as Serial No., SN or S/N, a serial number is a unique number assigned to the PC by the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) used for identification and inventory purposes. A serial number allows the manufacturer to identify a product and get additional information about it, for replacement, or as a means of finding compatible parts.

    This tutorial will show you how to find the serial number of your Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 PC.


    CONTENTS:





    Find Serial Number of Windows PC OPTION ONE Find Serial Number of Windows PC
    To Find Serial Number of PC in Command Prompt

    1. Open a command prompt.

    2. Enter the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter.

    wmic bios get serialnumber

    OR

    wmic csproduct get identifyingnumber

    3. You will now see the serial number of your PC in the command prompt. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    The serial number will only show in the command prompt if the OEM saved it to your PC's BIOS or UEFI firmware.

    If the OEM didn't, or this is a self built PC, then you may see To be filled by O.E.M in the command prompt instead.


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    Find Serial Number of Windows PC OPTION TWO Find Serial Number of Windows PC
    To Find Serial Number of PC in PowerShell

    1. Open PowerShell.

    2. Enter the command below into PowerShell, and press Enter.

    Get-WmiObject win32_bios | Format-List SerialNumber

    OR

    gwmi win32_bios | fl SerialNumber

    3. You will now see the serial number of your PC in PowerShell. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    The serial number will only show in PowerShell if the OEM saved it to your PC's BIOS or UEFI firmware.

    If the OEM didn't, or this is a self built PC, then you may see To be filled by O.E.M in PowerShell instead.


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    Find Serial Number of Windows PC OPTION THREE Find Serial Number of Windows PC
    To Find Serial Number of PC in BIOS or UEFI

    1. Boot to your PC's BIOS or UEFI Firmware settings.

    2. Look on the Main or System Information type page in BIOS/UEFI for your serial number. (see screenshots below)
    Note   Note
    The serial number will only show if the OEM saved it to your PC's BIOS or UEFI firmware.


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    Find Serial Number of Windows PC OPTION FOUR Find Serial Number of Windows PC
    To Find Serial Number of PC on PC

    1. Perform one of the following actions to find the serial number on your OEM PC: (see screenshot below)
    • If you have a laptop, flip it over to the bottom side. On some laptops, you will see the number on a manufacturer sticker on the bottom of the laptop. On others, you’ll see the number printed directly on the metal or plastic. If your laptop has a removable battery, the serial number is sometimes on a sticker inside the battery compartment, under the battery.
    • If you have a desktop, look at the back, top, side, or inside of the case for a manufacturer sticker.
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    Note   Note
    If you can’t find the serial number on the PC itself, look online for instructions specific to your PC's model number. The manufacturer’s website should tell you exactly where to look.
    • If you still have the original product box, the serial number is usually printed on it. Often on the same sticker with the bar code.
    • If you purchased the PC online or in a store, the serial number may be printed on the physical or email receipt.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    09 Mar 2017 #1

    Hi , very usefull

    we have a typo
    win32bios -> win32_bios

    Q :
    if is a no name desktop [assembled by me]
    the serial provided is from what ?

    c
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  2.    09 Mar 2017 #2

    oneLess said: View Post
    we have a typo
    win32bios -> win32_bios
    Good spot. I thought it was my PC.
    oneLess said: View Post
    if is a no name desktop [assembled by me]
    the serial provided is from what ?
    From the BIOS on your MB. You always have one. https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...(v=vs.85).aspx

    If you are running a VM you can change it quite easily by just typing something else in the relevant XML (note your Windows activation is based on this though so you'll definitely become deactivated). Otherwise no, it is generally read only

    powershell - Windows WMI change the value of MotherBoard SerialNumber - Stack Overflow
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  3. Posts : 14,423
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       09 Mar 2017 #3

    Note: if you have updated your BIOS since buying it, don`t be surprised the the command prompt or PowerShell commands do not work, your BIOS has been overwritten, so only the OOBE motherboard information is there.

    All my HYRICAN OEM information was zapped away, and replace with MSI's basic info.
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  4.    09 Mar 2017 #4

    Just to be clear it is the first powershell command on option 2 that is wrong.

    It says this:

    Get-WmiObject win32bios | Format-List SerialNumber

    It should say this (with the underscore)

    Get-WmiObject win32_bios | Format-List SerialNumber
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  5. Posts : 19,856
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16179
    Thread Starter
       09 Mar 2017 #5

    Thank you guys. Typo corrected.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 

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