How to Find Out the Model Number of My Dell

By John Michael Thomas

Your Dell laptop model can be found on a label on your laptop, on the boot screen, in the System Information utility, or through the Dell support web site.

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.

Tip

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.

Tip

  • 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

The laptop family and model number display above the boot screen progress bar.

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.

Tip

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

The System Information application in the Start Menu.

Open the Start Menu. In the Search Programs and Files field, type System. In the list of search results, click System Information.

Step 2

The System Model field in the Windows System Information application.

Select System Summary in the navigation pane. The System Model field displays the laptop family name and model number.

Tip

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

Enter Your Dell Service Tag

Step 1

The Service Tag (S/N) label.

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

The field on the Dell Support website to enter your Service Tag or Express Service Code.

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

Go to the Support section of Dell's website.

Step 2

The Detect Product button on the Dell Support website.

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

The Accept Terms and Conditions page.

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.

Tip

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.

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.