Ask HN: How to know if laptop enrolled in Intel Management Engine?

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  • mei-amt-check

    Check whether AMT is enabled and provisioned under Linux

    There's two different components here. The first is the Management Engine. Unless this laptop is extremely old, it has one, and it's running. Depending on age, you may be able to prevent it from booting while still allowing the rest of the system to run, but probably not. The second is Intel's Advanced Management Technology (AMT). This is only available on systems with VPro badging, which generally means higher-end business laptops. AMT is much less widely used than you might think, so it's probably not enrolled anywhere. You can confirm whether AMT has been provisioned with, and as long as you have the system firmware password you should be able to reset the ME regardless.

  • me_cleaner

    Tool for partial deblobbing of Intel ME/TXE firmware images

    What's you're interested in is called Active Management Technology, it's not supported by all boards, but typically if it is there's a bios screen labelled something like "AMT Configuration" where it can be enabled or disabled.

    Intel ME is its own can of worms and can only be fully disabled by modifying the firmware image, see tools like me_cleaner.

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