What motherboard do I have? if you have this question in your mind and you want to check it without opening the case of the desktop or laptop, then this guide would be helpful. Motherboard is the main part of the computer on which all the other components are connected. If you have forgot which motherboard you installed in your computer or you are just curious about how to check the motherboard model, it is very easy to do so in Windows Operating System.
You may want to know your motherboard model to note down and to keep it if you need to contact tech support, to update drivers or even if you want to sell your computer and want to tell your buyer the motherboard model. If you have the documentation that came with your computer, you can also check that but in case you don’t have that, you can follow get the motherboard information in Windows through these easy methods. Here are 3 methods to check which motherboard you have:
These methods will work on most of the Windows OS versions like Windows 10, 8.1 and server versions such as Windows 2012 R2.
Method 1: What Motherboard do I Have? Through Windows Command Prompt
1. Open the Windows Start Menu or Start Screen (Windows 8 and 8.1) and type “Command Prompt” on the search bar.
2. Open “Command Prompt” from the search results.
3. You will see the Windows Command Prompt; you will need to type a command to check which motherboard you have.
4. In Command Prompt, type: “wmic baseboard get product,Manufacturer,version,serialnumber” (without quotes).
wmic baseboard get product,Manufacturer,version,serialnumber
5. When you have typed the command, press Enter.
6. The Command Prompt will show you the information about the motherboard you have with the manufacturer, product, serial number and version.
Method 2: Through CPU-Z Software
1. Open this link http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html in the web browser of your computer.
2. Download CPU-Z from the webpage that opens. CPU-Z is free to download and use.
3. When CPU-Z is downloaded, install it by double clicking the file that was downloaded.
4. When CPU-Z is installed, open it from its shortcut on the desktop or Start menu.
5. When CPU-Z is opened, go to the “Mainboard” tab on the top of the window.
6. In the Mainboard tab, you will see the “Motherboard” section.
7. Inside Motherboard, you will see the manufacturer and the model of your computer’s motherboard.
There are also other softwares to do this similar task to identify the computer hardware information, but CPU-Z is the best and easiest to use. We have used this same tool to identify the details of processor cache earlier.
Method 3: Through the Windows System Information
If you have a laptop or a PC built by companies like Dell or HP, you won’t be able to see the motherboard information through this method because it will only tell you the model number of your computer. But other assembled PCs will give good information about the motherboard you have. This method works without installation any 3rd party applications.
1. In Windows, press “Windows Key + R” to launch Run.
2. In Run, type the command “msinfo32” (without quotes).
3. Press enter to launch “System Information”.
4. In System Information, you will see the “System Summary”
5. On the left side of the window, you will see the complete information about your computer.
6. You will see the information about your motherboard next to “System Manufacturer” and “System Model”. As said earlier, this method may not work for branded desktop and laptops.
Still having question of what motherboard do I have inside my Windows 8.1/10 laptop/desktop? hope these 3 methods would be useful to identify the model and more details. Now you can easily check which motherboard your computer has or you can also do this on other Windows computers as well.