How to Find Out the Date of Manufacture on an HP Computer

By Stephen Lilley

Knowing the date of manufacturer on your computer can be helpful. It allows you to know exactly when your computer was assembled, which can be helpful in diagnosing hardware problems. If your computer is new, hardware shouldn't be failing. Newer computers have newly manufactured hardware, so any problems are more than likely caused by other issues. If your computer is older, equipment inside your computer might need to be replaced. Finding the date of manufacturer on an HP computer is a simple process that will only take a few seconds.

Step 1

Locate the serial number on your HP computer. This can be found in a number of places. The computer will ship with a sticker on the case that includes the serial number. If you've removed this sticker, you'll find it etched into the case elsewhere, usually on the back panel. The serial number is also located directly on your computer's motherboard on the inside of the case.

Step 2

Look for the series of numbers in the center of the serial number. A serial number contains a variety of letters, followed by a few numbers and more letters. The numbers are important; they reveal the date of manufacturer.

Step 3

Look for the numbers in the serial number that represent the year the computer was manufactured. For example, if your computer was manufactured in 2007 then "2007" will be included in your serial number.

Step 4

Look for the numbers directly after the year in your serial number. The four digits representing the year your computer was manufactured will be followed by two digits representing the week that your computer was manufactured. So if the "2007" in your serial number is followed by "05," then your computer was built in the fifth week of 2007.