Systems based on the Intel® vPro™ Platform include Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT), which provides the capability for IT departments to manage client systems even when the PCs are powered down or operating systems are unresponsive. There were no differences identified with Intel® AMT on Windows 8* verses Windows 7*. As expected, any OEM issues that existed with Windows 7*, such as text wrapping problems with SOL, were also present on Windows 8*.

The results below apply to Intel® AMT 5/6/7/8.

Testing included Wired and Wireless networking, as well as different management consoles. Most of the testing was performed with Windows 8 Enterprise*, but Professional* was also used. Standard BIOS and OS installations were used.


Manageability Features

  • Remote Power On (S3/S4/S5) – Remote Power On functioned properly with Windows 8*. There were no differences compared to Windows 7*.
  • Intel® AMT Provisioning – Windows 8* platforms were able to provision in the various modes successfully.
  • SOL boot to BIOS – There is no difference in using this feature on a Windows 8* platform. Although there are a couple of OEM systems with known issues displaying text using SOL. The behavior is consistent with Windows 7* across those OEM models.
  • Boot to CD/ISO/HDD– Redirection to CD/ISO/HDD functioned properly with Windows 8*.
  • Fast Call For Help – Fast Call For Help functions normally with Windows 8*.
  • KVM Remote Control– KVM with Windows 8* functions identical to Windows 7*.
  • BIOS Updates – There were no issues updating Firmware with Windows 8*.


A Word about Start Menu and the New User Interface included in Windows 8*

The Intel® Management and Security Status (IMSS) application continues to reside on the Windows 8* desktop user interface. However, there is an IMSS tile present on the new Windows 8* Start Menu. Selecting IMSS from the Start Menu will switch the user from the new Windows 8 * user interface to the desktop interface and launch the application. User consent messages, which display the User Consent Code, will appear on whichever interface is active at the time.


There were very no differences observed between Windows 7* and Windows 8* when using Intel® Active Management Technology.

Intel® vPro™ Platforms continue to provide IT organizations with the ability to manage Business Clients when upgrading to Windows 8*.