Frequently Asked Questions for the Intel® Management Engine Verification Utility

Last Reviewed: 09-May-2017
Article ID: 000005974

What is the Intel® Management Engine Verification Utility for?
Built into many Intel® Chipset-based platforms is a small, low-power computer subsystem called the Intel® Management Engine (Intel® ME). This performs various tasks while the system is in sleep, during the boot process, and when your system is running. It is important that this subsystem is functioning correctly to get the most performance and capability from your PC. This utility checks that the Intel® ME subsystem is running and communicating properly up to the operating system. This can give the system builder and user a good sense that in case of any system boot or performance issue, the Intel® ME is not the trouble spot.

Who is this tool designed for?
This tool is designed for anyone who wants to check that the Intel® ME subsystem is operating properly. This would primarily be professional system builders or IT administrators, but this could extend to home users who want to verify that their PC is running as expected.

Which platforms and chipsets are supported?
Currently we support the following chipsets regardless of your system manufacturer or the motherboard in your PC:

  • Intel® Q57/H57/H55/P55 Express Chipset
  • Mobile Intel® QM57/QS57/HM57/HM55/PM55 Express Chipsets

Please note that this tool does NOT support any older platforms or chipsets such as the Intel® 4 Series Chipset or Intel® 3 Series Chipset families.

What languages and operating systems do you support?
Currently only English is supported. We have support for the following operating systems:

  • Windows XP* 32-bit SP2 and higher
  • Windows Vista* 32-bit and 64 bit, SP2 and higher
  • Windows 7* 32-bit and 64-bit

What are the system requirements to use this tool?
You must run this on an Intel® 5 Series Chipset PC (see above) with the following software installed:

  • Microsoft* .NET framework 3.5 or higher
  • Intel® Management Engine Interface (Intel® MEI) driver (if applicable for your system)
Note You must also have administrator privileges or run the program as administrator.

Where can I send feedback on the tool?
Please send comments to

What does this utility not check for?
The utility does not perform any hardware tests or extensive firmware/BIOS checks. It does not verify that all the Intel® ME firmware and BIOS code is configured or operating correctly, as it only checks for proper communication which is a good indication of a healthy Intel® ME subsystem state, but may not guarantee that the Intel® ME or BIOS is fully operational.

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