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Computer Serial Number
Where do I find the serial number of my PC?


You can find out the serial number of your computer quite easily.

On the White Sticker

If you need to find out the serial number of your computer for the Support Desk, because there is a problem with your computer and you can't logon, the easiest way is reading it off the white sticker on your computer:

  • On the standard desktop computer, the white sticker should be near the front of the case, where the power button is, on one of the large flat sides.  The white sticker lists both the serial number and the asset number; you only need to take a note of the serial number.
  • If you are using one of the Multimedia or Video Editing computers, the white sticker is on the top of the tower case, at the front.
  • On the laptop computers, the white sticker should be next to the keyboard, if it isn't, look on the back of the laptop, the serial number is also on a silver sticker next to where it says "S/N:".

In Windows
If you can't find the sticker and your computer is working, or you want the serial number so that you can logon to your computer over the VPN, try the following:
  • On an open access PC, the easiest way is to hover the mouse pointer over the orange University of Plymouth logo, which should be near the clock on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. The serial number should then pop up.

Otherwise, to get to the "System" window, where the serial number is also displayed, you can either:

  • In Windows, click on the "Start" button, then right click on "My Computer" and from the menu that appears choose "Properties".


  • On the keyboard, hold down one of the 'Windows logo' keys, usually near the spacebar, and the "Pause/Break" key, which is usually near the top right of the keyboard.


  • In Windows, click on the "Start" button, then "Control Panel" (you may need to click on "Settings" first if you can't see it)
  • When the "Control Panel" window has loaded up, make sure you are in the "Classic view" (controlled via the option near the top left of the "Control Panel") and double click the icon called "System".

Once the "System" window has loaded up, go to the "Computer Name" tab; the serial number of your computer is under "Full Computer Name:", for a laptop it will begin with "PL5" for a desktop it will begin with "PD5", there is no need to record the ".uopnet.plymouth.ac.uk" section.

Click the "X" in the top right of the "System" window to close it once you are done.

Modified 30/08/2016