You've probably seen serial numbers before. Nearly every piece of the computer has a serial number including your monitor, keyboard, mouse and sometimes even your entire computer system as a whole. Internal components such as hard drives, optical drives and motherboards also contain serial numbers.
Serial numbers for software programs are typically used to help ensure that the program's installation is only performed one time and only on the purchaser's computer. If you're planning on reinstalling a software program you've purchased, you'll need the serial number to do so.
Below are some of the more common questions I get about software serial numbers:
- Where Can I Find Serial Numbers and Key Codes for Software?
- How Do I Install My Program or Game If I Have No Product Key or Serial Number?
- Where Can I Download a List of Serial Numbers for Software Programs?
Serial numbers are used by hardware manufacturers to track individual items, usually for quality control. For example, if a piece of hardware is recalled for some reason, customers are usually made aware of which particular devices need service by being provided a range of serial numbers.