The serial number of your computer is not visible anywhere in the interface of Windows or other widely used system information utilities. However, running the same commands in PowerShell or Windows Command Prompt console is one of the easiest ways to find your PC’s serial number apart from checking the computer pack or hardware component. The Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Command-Line Utility is one of the notable commands for finding out the serial number of your system. Although, in this post, we’re going to try out other commands.
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The Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Command-Line Utility (WMIC) is a command-line utility that allows users to perform WMI operations from a command prompt. An interface called WMI offers a number of Windows management features. Applications and WMI scripts can be deployed to automate administrative tasks on remote computers or interface with other Windows tools like System Center Operations Manager (SCCM) or Windows Remote Management (WinRM).
In addition, I will also be showing you how to check your Windows 11 PC’s System Information. System Information (also known as
msinfo32.exe) shows details about your PC, operating system, hardware, and software, system manufacturer & model including drivers.
Locating Your PC’s BIOS Serial Number
Step – Using wmic
To check your BIOS serial number, right-click on the startup menu icon and click on Windows PowerShell (Admin). This will launch PowerShell with administrative rights.
To view the BIOS Serial Number, run:
$ wmic bios get serialnumber
Note: Sometimes checking your BIOS serial number using the above command can fail. If that that happens, your PC might not have a serial number, or it might not have been saved correctly. Try checking the packaging, documentation, or the hardware components of your computer instead.
Method 2 – Using Win32 Command
Another method of finding out the serial number of your system is by running the command below:
Viewing System Information
The next thing to cover in this post is how to view your system or device information:
To do this, open PowerShell with admin privileges and run:
One other way to view System Information is to use the GUI. From the search bar on your Windows taskbar, search for and click on System Information and press the Enter key:
You can also view your system information by pressing Windows + R to open the Windows Run command and then typing
"msinfo32" and press the Enter key:
I hope you found this blog post helpful. Please let me know in the comment session if you have any questions.