More configurations (disabling) of the Intel AMT icon. Part 4 in the Intel AMT software series

In the previous part of this series (part 1, part 2, part 3), we began describing the Intel AMT software, and the ways in which the Intel AMT System Status can be configured to suit a specific system, network or style.

As we wrote in the past, this application unnoficially goes also by the names of or Intel AMT pop-up or Privacy Icon. But unfortunately it is also called by some people with the name of 'annoying' :(. This may be because a manufacturer set it to 'always popup', or because it displays an error message (see how to fix the error in the previous post)…  But the fact is that it is considered bothersome by a number of users.
For those, this time we'll see how the icon can be minimized, disabled or removed from the system. Just keep in mind the notes at the end of the article, our recommendation is to have it minimized at startup.

Here too, the notes apply:
Note 1: Your systems may use a different folder for the software, change it accordingly where needed.
Note 2: Some modifications include changing values in the registry. While this should be inoffensive when done on the key/values described below, the registry is a dangerous place to tamper. Do it with care and at your own risk. :)
Note 3: The instructions below pertain to versions of the software up to Intel AMT 3.0. Versions 4.0 and on will be discussed in a different post.

    • Minimize the icon on startup
      Your application should appear minimized when Windows loads. The icon will be seen in the notification area, but no other distracting dialog will appear -- until the notification area icon is double clicked.
      This is the best option to go. It keeps the application there in case it is needed, but it is out of the way.The following registry key determines the loading behavior:
      Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Intel\Network_Services\atchk]
      Value: "MinimizePrivacyIconAtStart"=dword:00000001

      Have it set to 00000001 to minimize on start, or 00000000 to have it popup.

    • Disable loading of the application
      If you want the application not to load at all, you can delete it from the startup list, by deleting its value at the following registry setting:
      Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
      Value: "atchk"="\"C:\\Program Files\\Intel\\AMT Status\\atchk.exe\""

      Delete the value, as below, to prevent the app from loading.
      Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
      Value: "atchk"=""

    • Disabling the Intel® AMT System Status icon completely
      It was suggested in the past that one of the ways to disable the Intel AMT dialog is by simply telling Windows not to load it, in 'msconfig'. If that's what you want, here's the proper way to do it:
      Run 'msconfig' from the 'Run…' dialog, just go to the 'Services' and 'Startup' tabs and unselect the Intel® AMT System Status Service and the Intel® AMT System Status.

      Just the 2 lines shown in the pictures below (unrelated apps purposely blurred).

      Do not uncheck other Intel services and applications, as they may be of importance to your system's function and performance.

Very Important Note! Pay attention that by disabling the icon on startup or disabling the application and service completely, you take from the transparency and straightforwardness of the system.
Depending on the context, this may also have serious disclosure, privacy and/or legal implications.
Most times the users will be interested to know if the manageability system is performing in their systems. So the recommended option is to set "minimize icon at startup" - in this way, the Intel AMT popup is not intrusive/obtrusive, and the users still have access to up-to-date and transparent system information.

Well, that's it for the System Status icon. A lot of configurations, for such a little application :)
Next times we'll see what are the UNS, LMS and Intel MEI are about -- stay tuned, ask your questions.

Articles in the Intel® AMT software series:

    1. The software bundled with Intel AMT

    1. The notification area icon - understanding the pop-up

    1. Configuring the notification area icon & app

    1. More configurations (disabling) of the Intel AMT icon

    1. Detailed information to the user with the User Notification Service

    1. How the UNS works

    1. UNS Error Messages and how to fix them

    1. Newfangled Intel Management and Security Status

    1. Intel Management and Security Status (IMSS), advanced configurations

    1. Intel AMT software: LMS, HECI, MEI... why do I need those?

    1. Wrapping all Intel AMT software together
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