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How To Find Your Computer's Serial Number

During the manufacturing process and prior to shipping, every computer Is assigned a unique "serial number", that's dedicated to the device per se. No two serials are alike, each has It's own that's allocated by the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). If you're having difficulties finding the serial number on your PC, In this tutorial, I will show you exactly how to locate It, by using a few clicks of the mouse.

For the most part, finding the serial number on a laptop or desktop computer, can be as simple as looking at the manufacturer's sticker on the back or toward the side of the unit. However, over time due to wear and tear, the sticker may peel off or become Illegible.

As a result, I will demonstrate how to view your PC's serial number, by using the Windows built-In utility named PowerShell. This Is an extremely simple process, so let's see exactly how It's done.

Step One:
To access PowerShell, open the Run menu, enter powershell and hit OK.

Step Two:
The Windows PowerShell utility will now execute. Here's a visual of what to expect.

Step Three:
To view the serial number of your computer, enter the following command and hit the Enter key on your keyboard.
Get-WmiObject win32_bios | Format-List SerialNumber 

For security purposes, I've blurred my result but as you can see, It's listed next to SerialNumber

Last Step:
If for some reason you're having Issues executing the above command, run PowerShell with elevated privileges. To do this, open the Search bar, enter powershell and at the top, right-click Windows PowerShell and hit Run as administrator.

Final Thoughts:
The very same can be performed using the Command Prompt, but given the results are no different between the two, I've simply decided on using PowerShell. If the OEM added It to the BIOS, you can also view the serial there.

You're probably wondering why you'd need to know your PC's serial number. There's a number of reasons, with the commonalities being for replacement purposes by the manufacturer, or finding compatible hardware components. Whatever the reason, you're now aware how to obtain It with a few mouse clicks.


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