Updated August 2009


These instructions are for Windows 7 builds 7077 and beyond.


Several Intel based platforms contain Management Engine Interface (MEI) and Serial over LAN (SOL) devices.  Windows 7 drivers for these devices have been made available to OEMs for currently shipping platforms (2008 / 2009 model desktop and mobile PCs).  MEI and SOL Windows 7 driver support for previous generation PCs (2007 desktop and mobile) is planned for early Q1, ’10.


To enable Windows 7 testing and evaluation,  prior to driver availability, MEI and SOL Vista drivers, either pre-loaded on your PC or available from the OEM, can be installed on the Windows 7 Release Candidate or RTM OS builds by utilizing Windows 7 compatibility mode.  The following instructions can be used to install the MEI and SOL Vista drivers:



  1. Locate or download the released MEI and SOL Vista drivers from your OEM
  2. Locate the setup.exe file for the device to be installed
  3. Right click on the setup.exe and select properties
  4. Select the Compatibility tab
  5. In the compatibility mode section check the box “Run the program in compatibility mode for:”
  6. Select the following in the drop down “Windows Vista (Service Pack 2)”
  7. At the bottom of the properties window set the privilege level by checking the box in front of “Run the program as an administrator”
  8. Click Apply
  9. Click OK to exit out of the properties window
  10. Double click on the setup.exe and follow the normal install/setup steps