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Should I install Intel management engine driver? (Please Help)

I came here for with one question that 30 minutes of surfing did not yield a straight answer.

what does the "Intel management engine driver" do for an asrock Z77 extreme6 motherboard

90% of the time I will be using this new computer that i am downloading drivers for for gaming.

do I need it? do I want it? and mainly what does it do?


All help is greatly appreciated :)
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    Detailed Description

    Purpose

    Installs the Intel® Management Engine (Intel® ME) version 7.1.40.1161 for Intel® Desktop Boards.

    The Intel® ME software components that need to be installed depend on the system's specific hardware and firmware features. The installer detects the system's capabilities and installs the relevant drivers and applications.


    Additional Notes

    If the Intel® Management Engine (Intel® ME) driver has not been successfully installed, you may see an error on a "PCI Simple Communications Controller" in Device Manager.

    yes install it
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  2. Ok, what do I do if it doesn't install successfully on windows 7 64bit and how do I make sure it installs correctly?
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  3. i usually just right click on it and choose install as administrator
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  4. Best answer selected by _ComputerNewbie_.
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  5. As this appears fairly high up in the Google results I just wanted to tell that the "correct" answer is wrong. It is a system for advanced remote administration of computers made by Intel. If you don't know what it is then you don't need it.
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  6. KalleKlovn said:
    As this appears fairly high up in the Google results I just wanted to tell that the "correct" answer is wrong. It is a system for advanced remote administration of computers made by Intel. If you don't know what it is then you don't need it.


    Both right and wrong ;) It can also be used by monitoring and overclocking programs (most often the motherboard manufacturer programs) to alter and monitor the UEFI ("bios") directly from within Windows. These programs talk directly to UEFI through Intel Management Engine Interface.

    Se link here for more info
    "Built into many Intel-based platforms is a small, low power computer subsystem called the Intel Management Engine (Intel ME). This can perform various tasks while the system is booting, running or sleeping. It operates independently from the main CPU, BIOS & OS but can interact with them if needed. The ME is responsible for many parts of an Intel-based system. Such functionality extends, but it's not limited, to Platform Clocks Control (ICC), Thermal Monitoring, Fan Control, Power Management, Overclocking, Silicon Workaround (resolves silicon bugs which would have otherwise required a new cpu stepping), Identity Protection Technology, Rapid Start Technology, Smart Connect Technology, Sensor Hub Controller (ISHC), Active Management Technology (AMT), Small Business Advantage (SBA), Wireless Display, Protected Video/Audio Path etc. For certain advanced/corporate features (AMT, SBA etc) the ME uses an out-of-band (OOB) network interface to perform functions even when the system is powered down, the OS and/or hard drivers are non-functional etc. Thus it's essential for it to be operational in order for the platform to be working properly, no matter if the advanced/corporate features are available or not."
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  7. mcnumpty23 said:
    Detailed Description

    Purpose

    Installs the Intel® Management Engine (Intel® ME) version 7.1.40.1161 for Intel® Desktop Boards.

    The Intel® ME software components that need to be installed depend on the system's specific hardware and firmware features. The installer detects the system's capabilities and installs the relevant drivers and applications.


    Additional Notes

    If the Intel® Management Engine (Intel® ME) driver has not been successfully installed, you may see an error on a "PCI Simple Communications Controller" in Device Manager.

    yes install it

    Is the Intel Management Engine exploitable without this driver? Or does this driver need to be installed for it to be able to do anything?
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