I can't find my Dell laptop bill, and I also don't remember the service tag number. Two years ago my Dell Inspiron N1050 laptop was stolen but all of sudden I got a call from police that they found the thief. To get my laptop back I need to provide the service tag. The police are asking me about the billing details to prove ownership, but the guy from which I bought the laptop did not write anything about the details of the laptop. Is there any way for me to determine what the service tag, or otherwise prove my ownership?
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Unless the person wiped clean the laptop, you probably have personal identification on the laptop (is the windows user account your name, for example?).
If you bought the computer from a 1st party, or installed from scratch, how about:
This is the name that was entered on the first time the laptop was started up. It's not the user or account name, and it's not the computer name, it's the Windows licensee name. For me, I put in my last name. I think the setup prompt says, "Who is this version of Microsoft Windows licensed to?" or something like that.
Unless the operating system was reinstalled (or unless it was pretended to be reinstalled using certain command-line tools meant for OEMs), this name would never change, even if your original windows user was deleted and a new one created.