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Query bios for asset tag

Query bios for asset tag

Hi All,

I want to know if I can use qBASIC to query a computer to get the serial number and asset tag.  I know this can be done in windows by use of the WMI but  I want to use it in DOS.

The computer I'm trying this on is a DELL OptiPlex 780.



RE: Query bios for asset tag

Because DOS has no registry acces, a DOS program (qbasic) can access it either - at least not gracefully.  Although, you can always run SHELL to execute DOS registry tools, like REG, and send the output to a file which can be opened and read in qbasic.



SHELL "REG QUERY HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ComputerName\ComputerName /v ComputerName > computername.txt"

OPEN "computername.txt" FOR INPUT AS #1
   GET #1, regPath$
   GET #1, regValue$, regType$, regData$

PRINT "The name of this computer is" + regData$

Quick REG reference.


NOTE:  It has been years, if not a decade, since I have programmed in qbasic.  Some syntax may be incorrect.

In the voice of the Dos Equis Most Interesting Man in the World: "I don't always test my code.  But when I do, I do it in production"

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