How to find who is the manufacturer of my computer

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

Determining the manufacturer of your computer is a two part question.

Serial number on HP computer

1. What brand is your computer, i.e. the manufacturer that put the computer together? This question is a fairly simple since you can usually look at the front or side of your computer's case for the manufacturer's logo or name. Examples of computer manufacturers are Acer, Apple, HP (Hewlett Packard), Compaq, Dell, Sony, and Gateway. In the picture to the right, is an example of a sticker on the side of an HP computer. HP is the manufacturer and "Pavilion P6000 Series" is the model of the computer.


The front of your case may have an AMD, Intel, or Microsoft Windows sticker. These are not the manufacturer of the computer, but the manufacturer of your processor and operating system.

Alternatively, if you are running Microsoft Windows you can open the System Information tool to show the System Manufacturer. However, keep in mind that the computer manufacturer is not the manufacturer of all of the computer's components.

Windows System Information

2. Although a computer manufacturer puts everything together in the computer, all of the components within a computer may not be made by that computer manufacturer. A computer has a CPU, motherboard, sound card, video card, disk drives, and other components all from different companies.

Many of the manufacturers of the hardware devices in your computer are in the same System Information screen mentioned earlier. The motherboard, BIOS, and CPU is in the System Summary screen, and all other components are in the Components section. See the link below for further information about identifying hardware in your computer.

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