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Dell Change Serial Number in BIOS: A Step-by-Step Guide



Dell Change Serial Number in BIOS: A Practical Guide for System Administrators




If you are a system administrator who manages Dell computers, you might encounter a situation where you need to change the serial number in the BIOS. This can happen when you replace a system board, when you clone a hard drive, or when you enter a wrong serial number by mistake. Changing the serial number in the BIOS can help you avoid errors, conflicts, and confusion in your inventory and tracking systems. In this article, we will show you how to change the serial number in the BIOS using different methods and tools.




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What is the serial number in the BIOS?




The serial number in the BIOS is a unique identifier that is assigned to each Dell computer by the manufacturer. It is also known as the service tag or the asset tag. The serial number consists of seven alphanumeric characters that can be found on a sticker on the back or bottom of the computer, or on the BIOS screen. The serial number is used to identify the computer model, specifications, warranty status, and support options. The serial number is also used to register the computer with Dell and to access online services and resources.


Why do you need to change the serial number in the BIOS?




There are several reasons why you might need to change the serial number in the BIOS. Some of them are:


- You replaced a system board that has a different or blank serial number than the original one.


- You cloned a hard drive that has a different serial number than the original one.


- You entered a wrong serial number when you set up the computer for the first time.


- You want to match the serial number with another identifier that you use for your inventory or tracking system.


Changing the serial number in the BIOS can help you avoid errors, conflicts, and confusion in your inventory and tracking systems. It can also help you ensure that your computer has the correct warranty status and support options.


How to change the serial number in the BIOS?




There are different methods and tools that you can use to change the serial number in the BIOS. Some of them are:


- Using Dell Command Configure


- Using Dell Service Tech CD


- Using CMOS battery removal


- Using BIOS setup mode


We will explain each method and tool in detail below.


Using Dell Command Configure




Dell Command Configure is a software tool that allows you to configure various BIOS settings on Dell computers. You can use this tool to change the serial number in the BIOS with Windows and certain Linux installations. To use this tool, follow these steps:


- Download Dell Command Configure from Dell Support page.


- Install Dell Command Configure on your computer.


- Launch Dell Command Configure Wizard.


- Go to Create Local System Package tab on the UI.


- Click Category and check System Summary checkbox.


- Click Value to set field and type in the required serial number.


- Click Export.exe button at the bottom of the screen.


- If needed, provide password information on next screen, and click OK.


- Save it to your specified folder.


- Run the saved file and then shut down your computer.


- Check the BIOS to ensure that the serial number is correct.


Using Dell Service Tech CD




Dell Service Tech CD is a bootable CD that contains various utilities for Dell computers. You can use this CD to change the serial number in the BIOS with any operating system. To use this CD, follow these steps:


- Download Dell Service Tech CD from https://www.dell.com/support/kbdoc/en-us/000129633/dell-command-suite-using-dell-utilities-to-set-the-asset-tag-information-on-your-dell-pc


- Burn Dell Service Tech CD to a blank CD or DVD.


- Insert Dell Service Tech CD into your computer's optical drive.


- Restart your computer and boot from Dell Service Tech CD.


- Select Asset Tag Utility from main menu.


- Enter new serial number when prompted.


- Press Enter key to confirm.


- Restart your computer and remove Dell Service Tech CD from optical drive.


- Check BIOS to ensure that serial number is correct.


Using CMOS battery removal




The CMOS battery is a small battery that powers the memory chip that stores BIOS settings on your computer. You can use this method to change the serial number in the BIOS by removing and reinserting CMOS battery. This will reset all BIOS settings including serial number. To use this method, follow these steps:


- Shut down your computer and disconnect it from power source.


- Open your computer case and locate CMOS battery on system board. It is usually a round silver coin-like battery.


- Carefully remove CMOS battery from its socket using a small screwdriver or tweezers.


- Wait 30 seconds to make sure power to CMOS is completely drained.


- Place battery back into its socket.


- Close your computer case and reconnect it to power source.


- Turn on your computer and press F1, F2, F12 or Del key to enter setup mode.


- Enter new serial number when prompted or go to Security > System IDs menu and enter new serial number in Asset Tag Number field.


- Save changes and exit setup mode.


- Check BIOS to ensure that serial number is correct.


Using BIOS setup mode




You can also use BIOS setup mode to change serial number in BIOS directly. This method works only on some older models of Dell computers that have an option to change serial number in setup mode. To use this method, follow these steps:


- Turn on your computer and press F1, F2, F12 or Del key to enter setup mode.


- Go to Security > System IDs menu and enter new serial number in Asset Tag Number field.


- Save changes and exit setup mode.


- Check BIOS to ensure that serial number is correct.


Conclusion




Changing serial number in BIOS is a task that system administrators might need to perform for various reasons. There are different methods and tools that can help them do this task easily and quickly. In this article, we have explained how to change serial number in BIOS using Dell Command Configure, Dell Service Tech CD, CMOS battery removal, and BIOS setup mode. We hope this article has been helpful for you. 4e3182286b


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