Is the WINDOWS SERIAL NUMBER PERSISTENT AND UNIQUE?
Posted on 2014-07-28
- Windows Serial Number: This is the "Product-ID" displayed e.g. in Windows 7 in System Information dialog when you press [WinKey+Pause] key combination and has the format e.g. XXXXX-OEM-XXXXXXX-XXXXX. Please note: This is NOT the 5-part "Product-KEY" (which can be changed by the user)!
- Persistent: This means whether it remains unchanged during the whole lifetime of a specific Windows installation.
- Unique: This means that there are not 2 computers having the same Windows Serial Number. How is this handled with enterprises having a Windows Volume License, where they get one Windows install disc from which all computers in the company are installed? Do they have all the same Windows Serial Number?