Intel Management and Security Status (IMSS), advanced configurations. Part 9

Hello again!
After having presented the brand new IMSS application in the last post, it is time to learn how to tweak this software to match a vendor or IT manager needs.
We covered, for the old Intel AMT Status Icon (atchk and atchksrv, or the Privacy Icon), how to change the logo to a manufacturers logo, how to customize the 'click here' URL and how to control the behavior on Windows startup. We'll see the same options for IMSS:

    • General tab manufacturer logo customization:
      The logo displayed in the general tab is Intel's logo by default. However, it can be substituted in order to match the visual identity of the computer supplier. For example, a particular manufacturer or ISV may prefer to display the company’s logo.
      To change the logo, add a bitmap file called "oemlogo.bmp" to the Intel® Management and Security Status folder (located at "Program Files\Common Files\Intel\Privacy Icon"). The default (Intel's) logo will appear if the bitmap file is absent or invalid.
      Note: The bitmap dimensions must be 62 (width) by 48 (height), as the logo is not resized to match the logo size in the general tab.

    • Application loading on Start Up:
      By default, Intel® Management and Security Status loads on windows startup. There are some ways to change this:

        1. 1. A user can then uncheck the "Intel Management and Security Status will be available next time I log on to Windows" check box to prevent it from happening:

        1. The system administrator can change a global system setting to override the user selection and never load the application on startup.
          To disable application load on startup for all users, add a value named "DisableOnStartUp" with data 1 to the "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Intel\PIcon\Setting key" in the registry:
          Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Intel\PIcon\Setting]
          Value: "DisableOnStartUp"=dword:00000001

          To return to the default behavior, change the data of the same value to 0, or delete the value.
          Note: The application will still be available from the Start Menu, regardless of the value in this registry key.
          Note: This setting in the registry overrides the user selection in the main tab check box.

        1. Another (more drastic) method is removing the IMSS app from the startup configuration Microsoft's System Configuration Utility:
          Run 'msconfig' from the 'Run…' dialog, go to the 'Startup' tabs and unselect the PrivacyIconClient. Do not uncheck other Intel services and applications, as they may be of importance to your system's function and performance:

    • "Click here" URL Customization:
      By default, clicking the ‘Click here for more details’ inside the Learn More dialog will direct the user to the official Intel Corporation website:

      The link pointed to by this link inside the Learn more dialog can be modified, to point to a page of the manufacturer's choice:
      To perform this change, add a value named "HelpURL" with the URL of your choice (e.g. to the HKLM\SOFTWARE\Intel\PIcon\Setting key in the registry.
      Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Intel\PIcon\Setting]
      Value: "HelpURL"="
      To return to the default behavior, simply delete the value.

That's it for basic configuration of this application; I hope it helps ISVs, OEMs and IT managers making the user experience better.
So I guess that now we are ready for a post about the Intel MEI (previously known as HECI driver), and the LMS… Right? Stay tuned, and keep your questions coming on the comments section below!

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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