You may have seen Intel Management Engine Interface (IMEI) somewhere in your computer before but you’re not sure what it is or what it does. No worries, you’re not alone.
Actually, it’s quite an important device. It works to make sure that your PC is running at its peak performance. It also ensures that Intel subsystem is communicating properly with your operating system.
If your USB connection is off, or that you are having problem with your remote communication, you need to get its driver updated.
Note: The screen shots below are shown in Windows 10, but all the fixes apply to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 as well.
Just download it directly from Intel web page:
1) You will be downloading a .zip file to your computer. Un-zip it first.
2) If you want to install the drivers and the ME Security Status application and control panel, choose to run the setup file in ME_SW_MSI folder.
3) If you only want to install the drivers, you can choose the setup file in folder MEI-Only Installer MSI.
4) Folder WINDOWSDriverPackages contains the .inf files for IT professionals. Check it if you are interested.
If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your drivers manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.
Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.
You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):
1) Download and install Driver Easy.
2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
3) Click the Update button next to all flagged devices to automatically download and install the correct version of their drivers (you can do this with the FREE version).
Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).
1) If you are running a Windows 7 operating system, please make sure that you have installed Kernel-Mode Driver Framework version 1.11 first.
2) If the Intel Management Engine driver is not successfully installed, you may see an error notification in Device Manager > PCI Simple Communications Controller.
3) If you are seeing a yellow exclamation mark next to Intel Management Engine in Device Manager, here is a post that you might find helpful:
Intel Management Engine Interface: This device cannot start on Windows