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Windows: How to Get your Laptop’s Serial Number and Model Name Tips, Tricks and Tutorials 08 AUG 2014

20091016-Windows-Command-PromptMost big name laptops and desktops all have serial numbers and model names, useful bits of information when looking up tech assistance. This information is usually printed on stickers and placed somewhere on either the bottom or the back of the device, but as we all know, stickers aren’t exactly the most permanent of solutions three or four years down the line.

If you are running Microsoft Windows (tested on Windows 7, Fujitsu Lifebook A Series laptop), and have lost your serial number or want to find out the model name, open up a command prompt (search for and execute cmd.exe in the Windows start menu).

With your DOS prompt now open, run:

wmic bios get serialnumber

This will retrieve your laptop’s serial number. To get the product name, run:

wmic csproduct get name

Useful to remember.

For interest’s sake, the heavy lifting is being done by Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC), which uses the power of Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) to enable systems management from the command line. See the related link for more info.

Related link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb742610.aspx

How to Disable a Mobile Phone if Yours Gets Stolen CodeUnit 29 JUN 2012

If your mobile phone gets stolen, your first move should be to phone your Mobile Service Provider (e.g. Vodacom, Cell C, MTN or 8ta) in order to block your SIM card so that the thieves can’t make money off your account.

A second thing to do is actually get the service provider to block your handset, which renders the phone pretty much useless, even if the thief swaps out the SIM. To do this, you need to give them your handset’s unique serial number (known as your IMEI code), which you can retrieve from your phone by dialling *#06#** on most models.

Write this 15-digit code down and keep it safe.

If thieves can’t use or sell off stolen phones, then perhaps they won’t bother stealing phones in future? (Worth a shot anyway)

Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830: How to Get Your Unique IMEI Number CodeUnit 11 JUN 2012

An easy way to retrieve your unique phone serial number, otherwise known as your device’s IMEI number is to open the keypad as if you were going to dial someone, and type in *#06#

As you hit that final hash character, a dialog containing your 15-digit IMEI number will pop-up onscreen, and as always, it is a good idea to note this down somewhere in a safe place for future reference.

Nifty.