Serial number

Updated: 10/17/2017 by Computer Hope

Serial number on HP computerSometimes 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, are included with the packaging that the included with the software, typically on the CD jewel box.

Computer abbreviations, Hardware terms, Model number, Serial key