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. The motherboard is the main part of the computer on which all the other components are connected. If you have forgotten which motherboard you installed in your computer or you are just curious about how to check the model number, it is very easy to do so in Windows Operating System.
You may want to know the 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 about it. 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 the below three easy methods.
These methods will work on most of the Windows OS versions like Windows 10, 8.1 and Server Operating Systems.
3 Easy Steps
- Through Windows Command Prompt
1. Open the Windows Start Menu or Start Screen and type “Command Prompt” on the search bar.
2. Open “Command Prompt” from the search results.
3. You will need to type a command to check which motherboard you have.
4. In the command prompt, type:
“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. Even if you don’t find useful information such as the exact model number, Googling the details will give extra information.
- Through CPU-Z Software (3rd Party Tool)
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 it is downloaded, install it by double-clicking the file that was downloaded.
4. Open it from its shortcut on the desktop or Start menu.
5. Then go to the “Mainboard” tab on the top of the window.
6. In the Mainboard tab, you will see the “Motherboard” section.
7. In this tab, you will see the manufacturer and the model number. Checking these details on the Internet can give more details.
There are few more tools can 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.
- 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 mainboard you have in Windows 10. This method works without the installation of 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 required information next to “System Manufacturer” and “System Model”. As said earlier, this method may not work for branded desktops and laptops.
Here is the quick video shows the walkthrough.
Obviously you have another option to open the desktop computer casing and visually find out the model number. But when you have these above useful built-in and 3rd party tools, why should bother to open and physically check.
We hope the above 3 methods would be useful to identify the model and any other details of your Windows 10 computer motherboard.