12-02-2018 04:32 AM - edited 12-02-2018 04:37 AM
I have a G50-80 with Win10 1803 installed clean from Microsoft's DVD image.
In Device Manager there's "Intel Management Interface" and driver "TeeDriverW8x64.sys".
In the event log: "Intel(R) Management Engine Interface driver has started successfully."
The question is, why this thing is running on my laptop. If I understand correctly, this is for enterprise management.
My laptop is private, never has been owned by any enterprise. And the class of this machine is quite entry level.
It should not have any AMT stuff that exists in high end machines.
Is it maybe possible to disable it in the BIOS?
System SKU: LENOVO_MT_80E5_BU_idea_FM_Lenovo G50-80
BIOS Version/Date: B0CNA0WW, 30/09/2016
Thanks in advance,
12-02-2018 04:12 PM
IME has been incorporated in Intel chips since 2008, it is all but impossible to disable IME. Intel is very secretive about what exactly IME does.
AMT is what Enterprise uses, it is a part of IME but it has to be enabled by Enterprises. You should not be seeing any AMT usage in your machine.
12-05-2018 03:53 AM
Thank you Dave.
Do I understand you correctly that
- There are no BIOS settings to disable IME, so it is not a negligence on Lenovo's part
- As long as there's no visible AMT activity, not to worry
( But there's no way to tell if there's activity? )
12-05-2018 04:33 AM
There is more involved with disabling IME than a simple bios setting.
AMT is not intended to be used by itself, it is intended to be used with a software management application. It gives management access to the PC down the wire in order to remotely do tasks.
Intel had a bug in their IME in early 2017 and has given OEMs patches to be installed to fix it. Up to and including Win. 8.1, you could uninstall AMT from the Programs and Features option in Control Panel. IME is a lot harder to disable.