Every computer, system, or PC has a serial number that is used to uniquely identify it. Serial numbers are generally sent via the system BIOS or similar firmware. This serial number also called as
BIOS Serial Number . The
wmi bios get serialnumber command can be used to retrieve this serial number in Windows operating systems like Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 10, and Windows Server versions.
“wmi bios get serialnumber” Command
wmi bios get serialnumber command simply prints the current system serial number which is stored inside the BIOS. This serial number is unique for each system by default. Different BIOS manufacturers use different BIOS number and BIOS number formats.
wmi bios get serialnumber
If this command is executed inside a VMware VM we can see a serial number like below which consist of hecadecimal values. The VMware VM serial number consist of 32 characters which are hexadecimal.
SerialNumber VMware-56 4d d8 5c 2c fc f0 56-20 2c 0a d7 94 fd ed 5d
In a physical Lenovo ThinkPad system we can see a serial number like below. This Lenovo system has serial number which consist of number and letter characters. The serial number consist of 8 characters.
MotherBoard Serial Number
Even the BIOS Serialnumer is mainly used as a system serial number other components of the system may have serial numbers to uniquely identify themselves. The motherboard is another important and main components of the system which also has a serial number called as
MotherBoard Serial Number or
MainBoard Serial Number . The
wmic baseboard get product,version,serialnumber command can be used to print motherboard product name, version, and serial number.
wmic baseboard get product,version,serialnumber
From the output we can see that the BIOS and MotherBoard serial numbers are totally different and unique.
Product SerialNumber Version 20RDS03700 L1HF11Y059S Not Defined