Serial Number for this Computer

A serial number is a unique, identifying number or group of numbers and letters assigned to an individual piece of hardware or software. Serial numbers are especially common for electronics, such as computers, mobile devices, and audio and video equipment. It is important to look for the term “Serial Number,” “Ser. No.,” or “SN” since there may be other numbers listed, such as the product ID, network ID, or UPC. In this blog, we will find out how to get the serial number for this computer.

Note: In software, the term “serial number” may also be used synonymously with the “activation key.” However, this has become less common in recent years.

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The picture is an example of what a serial number might look like on the back or side of a computer

Some serial numbers only include numbers, while others are alphanumeric, meaning they include both letters and numbers. It is common for serial numbers to exclude the letter “O” to avoid confusion with the number “0.” Most serial numbers have at least six or seven characters, and some serial numbers have twenty or more.

How to Find Computer Serial Number?

Windows 7, 8, or 10

For Windows 8, type “system information” into the search box. And for Windows 7 or 10, you’ll have to use the Run box. Hit Windows+R to open the Run box. Type “msinfo32” into the “Open” field, and then hit Enter. The window opens, giving you access to all kinds of great information about your PC’s hardware and software environment.

Mac OS

From the Apple menu in the corner of your screen, choose About This Mac. You should see an overview of your Mac, including your Mac model, processor, memory, serial number, and version of macOS. To see the greater detail provided by System Information, click the System Report button.

System Report