Serial number

Updated: 10/17/2017 by Computer Hope
Serial number on HP computer

Sometimes abbreviated as Serial No., SN or S/N, a serial number is a unique number used for identification and inventory purposes. A serial number allows a company to identify a product and get additional information about it, for replacement, or as a means of finding compatible parts. In the picture and below is an example of what a serial number may look like on the back or side of a computer.

Serial No. 4CE0460D0G
Model No. p6774y

Locating serial numbers

Hardware - A serial number for a hardware device such as a computer or printer can almost always be found on the bottom or back of the device.

Software - Software serial numbers, also known as product identification numbers and CD keys. They may be accessible by logging into the software website with a verified user account, or may be listed on the software's physical package, or CD/DVD jewel box.

Computer abbreviations, Hardware terms, Model number, Serial key