You can find the model number of your Dell laptop on the laptop identification label on the bottom of the computer, on the boot screen, in the Windows System Information utility, or by visiting the Dell support website.
Not all methods of finding the model number work for all models of Dell laptops. If one method doesn't work for you, continue to try the other methods until you find one that works with your laptop.
Locate the Laptop Identification Label
Most Dell laptops have an identification label on the bottom. The label displays several certification logos, the location where the laptop was manufactured, the power requirements for the laptop, and the laptop family name -- such as Inspiron, Latitude, Precision, Studio, Vostro or XPS -- along with the model number. Locate the name of the laptop family; your model number is directly to the right of the laptop family name.
- If you do not see the identification label on the bottom of your laptop, there may be a protective, cosmetic plate covering it, which can be popped off.
- The model number may not be labeled in English.
- The label is usually black or dark-colored with white lettering. The Dell Service Tag, in contrast, is usually white with black lettering. The Service Tag is unique to your particular laptop.
View the Power On Screen
You may also be able to find the model number when you power on or restart the laptop. On many Dell laptops, the initial boot screen, which appears before the operating system initiates, displays the family name and model number.
Your model number may be referenced as part of a "series." Dell sells multiple configurations of each model number which together are called a series. The model number identifies the motherboard in your laptop. The model number remains the same regardless of variations in original configuration or hardware changes made after purchase.
Windows System Information Utility
The Windows System Information utility displays detailed information about the laptop, including the laptop model number.
Step 1: Open System Information
Open the Start Menu. In the Search Programs and Files field, type System. In the list of search results, click System Information.
Step 2: View System Information
Select System Summary in the navigation pane. The System Model field displays the laptop family name and model number.
Windows 8 does not make it quite so simple to find System Information, but it can be found. Right-click on the Start button and select Run. Type MSInfo32 in the Run dialog and press Enter.
Dell Support Website
To determine your model number on the Dell Support website, enter your Service Tag number or, if for some reason you don't have your Service Tag, run the Dell System Detect Utility.
Enter Your Dell Service Tag
Step 1: Locate Your Service Tag
Find the service tag label on the bottom of your laptop. The Service Tag combines letters and numbers, and the Express Service Code contains just numbers.
Step 2: Enter Your Service Tag
Open the Dell Support website and type the Service Tag shown on the label into the Enter a Service Tag or Express Service Code field. Click the Submit button.
After a brief delay the website displays your laptop family, model number, Service Tag and Express Service code.
Dell System Detect Utility
To download and run the System Detect Utility:
Step 1: Navigate to the Main Dell Support Page
Go to the Support section of Dell's website.
Step 2: Auto-Detect Your Product
Scroll down the page to the section titled Identify the Product You Need to Support, locate Auto-Detect Your Product and press the Detect Product button. The site displays the Accept Terms and Conditions page.
Step 3: Download the Dell System Detect Application
Check the box labeled I have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions and press the Continue button. When prompted to download the application, accept to continue the download.
After you install the Dell System Detect utility, you can return to the Dell support website at any time and select Auto-Detect Your Product without reinstalling the utility.
After the program runs on your laptop, the Dell support Web page should update to display information about your laptop, including the laptop family name and model number.