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Q: How do I determine the serial number of a computer?



Open a command prompt (by choosing the Command Prompt item from the Start menu, or typing cmd in the Start menu's "Run" box), and type the following:

wmic bios get serialnumber

Note: Windows 10 users may navigate to the Command Prompt by right clicking on Start button, or by typing "cmd" on Start screen to search it.

Related Supported Vendor links "How to find Serial Number or Service Tag" :

Dell how to find Service Tag

Lenovo how to find Serial Number

Mac OS X

Go to Utilities. Open the Terminal application and type:

ioreg -l | grep IOPlatformSerialNumber

Vendor Link : How to find Apple Serial Number


Open a shell and type:

sudo dmidecode -t system | grep Serial

Note: The user will need to have root access to the system.

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November 16, 2020

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