Every once in a while I need to solve some hardware-related problem or just upgrade my Windows PC. But how to find out what motherboard I have in Windows 10? I bet you’ve gone through that too and that’s why we put down this article.
Whether you’re upgrading your computer hardware or just checking for hardware compatibility, you must know the existing hardware specifications of your computer.
You can quickly check all the hardware specs ranging from the graphics card to RAM, hard drive storage, and ROM. Finding your computer’s motherboard brand and model can be a bit tricky, but you don’t need to worry.
This article takes you through four super easy methods to find your motherboard number, serial number, and more, in a Windows 10 computer.
So, without any further delay, let’s get right into it.
How to find out what motherboard I have in Windows 10
Finding motherboard model through Command Prompt
- Press the Windows key and type “cmd“;
- Open Command Prompt by right-clicking and select Run as administrator option;
- Type the following command: “wmic baseboard get product,manufacturer,version,serialnumber“;
- Press Enter;
- A list of columns with each motherboard detail appears on your screen. You can easily extract the product, i.e., model number, version, and the motherboard serial number with this command.
- To find the BIOS version, type “wmic bios get serialnumber” in the Command Line;
- Press Enter.
Finding motherboard model through System Info
- Press “Windows key + R” to open the Run dialog or press the Start button to open the Start Menu then type “Run“;
- Type “msinfo32” in the open bar and press Enter to launch the System Information Utility;
- A new window opens displaying all your system information;
- You can check your PC motherboard manufacturer next to the baseboard manufacturer option. Check motherboard model next to baseboard model and check version name to baseboard name.
Note: Some motherboards are not identified in Windows System Information. So, if you don’t find your computer motherboard information with this method, don’t worry.
Finding motherboard model using third-party apps
If the above two methods do not work for you, there is always a third option. You can install an excellent third party software on your computer and extract the desired motherboard model information.
Let’s check out some tried and tested apps to get your motherboard’s model number and other details in a Windows 10 computer.
A reliable and well-known third-party app is CPU Z. It’s super easy to download and very user-friendly. Another cool feature about CPU Z is that it is free of cost.
For macOS and Linux front users, CPU Z is the option to find the motherboard’s serial number or model name.
- Download CPU Z setup from this link;
- Run the downloaded file and install the program;
- After installation, open the application and navigate to the “Mainboard” tab;
- You can get all the desired information in the Mainboard tab under Motherboard and bios options, i.e., your motherboard manufacturer, model, chipset, and even bus specs.
Our second and trustworthy recommendation to check motherboard model, serial number, and other information on your computer is Belarc advisor.
- Download Belarc advisor from the following link;
- Run the downloaded file and install the program;
- Once installed, open up and run the application;
- Then, it will perform a series of scan steps. Of course, you can skip these scanning steps just like your regular network scan;
- As you skip or complete steps, a new window opens in your browser. This window displays a full list of your computer system’s software and hardware information. The list includes details about your operating system, system model, hardware information, connected devices, and drives;
- To check motherboard details, navigate to the “Main Circuit Board” option in the right segment of the window;
- Under the “Main Circuit Board” option, you can check all details about your motherboard, i.e., serial number and model name. In addition, you can even check the bus block speed of your board.
Finding motherboard model by checking the hardware directly
If you can’t access your motherboard information through software, you can use physical access. How? First, you need to open your computer by placing it on a smooth surface and detaching its case.
We do not recommend this method if you’re not entirely sure of what you’re doing. The motherboard is mainly concealed under other computer components in laptop devices. So, you should try this method only if you are computer literate or seek some professional help.
Locate your motherboard device and start looking for the motherboard model name. The location of the model number varies for different designs. You can check it near to RAM slots, the CPU socket, or between the PCI slots.
A motherboard model number or model name is a combination of letters and numbers and is the most significant text written on your motherboard device.
If you can’t seem to find the model name, do not fret. You can also check the board’s chipset. A chipset is a 4-digit code starting with a letter followed by three digits.
Some motherboard designs also have manufacturer logos or names imprinted on their hardware component. In case your motherboard doesn’t have a name, do not worry.
You can check your motherboard manufacturer’s title with the model number. What you need is to simply enter your model number in any search engine and press enter.
Now that you have all these methods to check your motherboard’s manufacturer and model, you can be sure of what hardware your computer is equipped with and proceed with the desired hardware component upgrades.