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Using wmic to obtain model and serial numbers for Dell systems

If you wish to get the model number for a Dell system from a command line interface (CLI), i.e., a command prompt, you can use the wmic command wmic csproduct get vendor, name as shown below:

C:\Users>wmic csproduct get vendor,name
Name          Vendor
Inspiron 570  Dell Inc.

If you just wanted the model, you could use wmic csproduct get name .

Besides "vendor", you can also use "manufacturer" in a BIOS query with WMIC to see the system was manufactured by Dell.

C:\Users>wmic bios get manufacturer
Manufacturer
Dell Inc.


C:\Users>

For some Dell models, e.g., an Inspiron 620s, you can also get the service tag, which is the equivalent of a serial number for Dell systems, by issuing the command wmic bios get serialnumber.

C:\>wmic csproduct get vendor,name
Name           Vendor
Inspiron 620s  Dell Inc.


C:\>wmic bios get manufacturer, name, serialnumber
Manufacturer  Name                                        SerialNumber
Dell Inc.     BIOS Date: 11/21/11 10:52:35 Ver: 04.06.04  FP1QVR1

You will see in the above example that if you use "name" as a parameter for the wmic bios get command that, unlike with the wmic csproduct get name command, you see information for the BIOS, in this case the BIOS date and version number, rather than the model number for the system. But the serial number corresponds to the Dell service tag.

For some systems, you will see the manufacturer of the BIOS, such as Award Software listed when you issue a wmic bios get manufacturer command. E.g., the example below is for a custom-built system rather than one from Dell. For this system, there is no manufacturer assigning a serial number to the system. I can get the BIOS version by appending version to the wmic query.

C:\Users\Lee>wmic bios get manufacturer, version, serialnumber
Manufacturer                        SerialNumber  Version
Award Software International, Inc.                GBT    - 42302e31

For the Dell Inspiron 620s, I can use either the wmic bios get serialnumber or the wmic csproduct get identifyingnumber to get the Dell service tag.

C:\>wmic csproduct get vendor,name
Name           Vendor
Inspiron 620s  Dell Inc.


C:\>wmic bios get manufacturer, name, serialnumber
Manufacturer  Name                                        SerialNumber
Dell Inc.     BIOS Date: 11/21/11 10:52:35 Ver: 04.06.04  FP1QVR1


C:\>wmic csproduct get vendor,name,identifyingnumber
IdentifyingNumber  Name           Vendor
FP1QVR1            Inspiron 620s  Dell Inc.


C:\>

I found the commands also show the service tag on a Dell Latitude E6530 laptop, however, you won't be able to use those for all Dell computer models to get the service tag. E.g., a Dell Inspiron 570:

C:\Users>wmic csproduct get vendor,name,identifyingnumber
IdentifyingNumber  Name          Vendor
                   Inspiron 570  Dell Inc.


C:\Users>wmic bios get manufacturer, name, serialnumber
Manufacturer  Name                                        SerialNumber
Dell Inc.     BIOS Date: 09/02/10 15:02:26 Ver: 08.00.15


C:\Users>

You can use the same commands with computers from other manufacturers. E.g., the output from the same commands run on a Gateway system running Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 is shown below (the Dell systems in the above examples were running Windows 7 Professional):

C:\Documents and Settings>wmic bios get manufacturer,name,serialnumber
Manufacturer              Name                                                        SerialNumber
American Megatrends Inc.  AMIBIOS (C)2001 American Megatrends Inc., Version 07.00.00  0032880113


C:\Documents and Settings>wmic csproduct get vendor,name,identifyingnumber
IdentifyingNumber  Name        Vendor
0032880113         920 Series  Gateway

And the output from an HP system running Windows Server 2012:

C:\Users\Admin>wmic bios get manufacturer, name, serialnumber
Manufacturer  Name                       SerialNumber
AMI           Ver: RED_807.ROM vRED8.07  MXU24202NE


C:\Users\Admin>wmic csproduct get vendor,name,identifyingnumber
IdentifyingNumber  Name     Vendor
MXU24202NE         p2-1310  Hewlett-Packard


C:\Users\Admin>

References:

  1. View DELL Service Tag and Express Service Code From Linux and Windows
    By: Ramesh Natarajan
    Date: October 24, 2008
    The Geek Stuff

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