Living busy lives, we tend to forget the things that are supposedly important to us. Whether it is a house key, your smartphone, or your wallet, we are at times inclined to neglect them. But for laptop users, even habitual ones, it can also be the serial number of their nifty device.
While researchers say that forgetfulness is a trait of a really bright person neglecting the chance to remember the series of numbers which identify your portable computer may mean getting into trouble in matters which requires it, like finding the right program specific for your laptop, presenting it for service warranty, or even just for laptop driver downloads.
Yet, on the other hand, some never really bothered in memorizing the numbers knowing that the serials had always been stuck with the laptop from the outset. Typically, they are printed on a sticker somewhere at the bottom of the device or they might even be hidden from within the battery slot.
Although the idea of having the serial code printed on the device is indeed handy, not many people really spend the time flipping laptops just to look at those successions of numbers for memory keeping. I mean, what for, right? It is not that this string of numbers would be relevant to your day-to-day life. Furthermore, seasoned laptops may no longer have this sticker as clear as when brand new or may no longer be there at all.
No longer having the right reference to this series of numbers plus not having the recollection as to what those numbers may indeed become a cause of concern in times of future trouble.
But, is there any other way about finding it again once it faded both in actual print and in memory along with time?
Luckily, there is and here’s how:
How to find serial number of Dell, Lenovo, HP, Acer, ASUS, Samsung, and MSI laptops
Believe it or not, those series of numbers you are looking for are actually embedded within the very system you’re using and can easily be found by using this command on the PowerShell:
gwmi win32_bios | fl SerialNumber
Contrary to the label, your laptop’s “serial number” may actually be an assortment of numbers and letters which identifies your device. How short or long these strings of alphanumeric characters are is completely dependent upon the manufacturer which produced your device. As such, do not be surprised to find your sibling’s Toshiba laptop if it has a different format compared to your Acer laptop.
Do note, that as of this article, this method is primarily intended for laptops which run on either Windows 8 or Windows 10 as likely hinted by the use of the PowerShell command which is absent in older Windows versions and other operating systems.
However, this does not imply that there is no way about it for those other versions of Windows—there are but only not as fast and as straightforward in giving a result such as the aforementioned command.
Knowing this method, the best way to really keep tab of your device’s serial number is to execute the mentioned command and take a screenshot of the output to be uploaded to your personal cloud account on Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. You may have forgotten what the command is, but at least you would still have a reference to it apart from the print on your laptop or your head’s memory.