Pretty nasty virus that can do these things ...
I can think of one legitimate reason for needing this, Service Tech replaced motherboard, forgets to set the serial number (at all) and for asset management purposes I'd like to set/correct it.
I know it's rare, but it's legitimate.
Actually. Duh! :) there is a legitimate reason. I used to be a tech in the field. I wished he would have hung around and explained his reason...It was not stolen...HP/Compaq...when you change one of their motherboards...you have to run a utility...that you can download from their tech site. You will change the serial number of the motherboard in the BIOS. The computer will run fine if tattooing the motherboard. Google it. :) So...instead of running people off...maybe you should understand what they are asking. Ignorance really is bliss. :)
I understand you guys just didn't get it and thought the worse...it's ok...it was 4 years ago and who cares right? LOL have a good one!!! I only posted because maybe someone will come across this thread and wonder the same thing.
BTW...I didn't mean anything by my DUH! Remark...
... I work for HP support center and once the serial number changes then the warranty is only valid for the old serial number.
Any, looks like people here are not there to support or help other than crtisizing others. Thank all of you for your support. Never to ask help here again.