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Can someone tell me what Intel Management Engine Components does exactly? I installed it when I got my new computer 2 months ago but I still have no idea what it does even after googling it.

In Add/Remove I have three different programs listed which all seem to have been installed with Intel ME:


Intel Management Engine Components
Intel Manageability Engine Firmware Recovery Agent
Intel Trusted Connect Service Client


Is it safe to uninstall all of these and in which order should I do it?
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It's a remote management component for vPRO. Most people will never use it.

I don't install the software, only the driver to get rid of the missing device errors.
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After hours of searching finally one snippet of what this is about.

What is Intel® Core™ vPro™ Technology Animation
http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/enterprise-security/what-is-vpro-technology-video.html

Not a bad concept storing encryption keys, passwords and other things in firmware out of reach of the o/s.

No doubt that the techies are running intel as just about any search requesting benefits uses or applications of ME come up dry. However the above video finally gets you a glimpse of how it could be used by an average person with a little determination. The note below provides some detail but is again light on the benefits/apps etc.

Intel® AMT and the Intel® ME
https://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2011/12/14/intelr-amt-and-the-intelr-me
Edited by gvilkas - 6/12/14 at 8:06am
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