1.    07 May 2017 #1
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    What is the Intel Watchdog Timer


    My ESET Antivirus keeps telling to install Intel Watchdog Timer. I have latest Intel chipset drivers installed from ASUS for my Prime H270 Plus motherboard, but not sure if this timer thing is needed or I can disregard the alert from ESET. Running an i3-7100 CPU, and Windows 10 Creators Update.
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  2.    07 May 2017 #2
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    Well, this is what Intel says about it "A watchdog timer is a hardware monitoring tool that prompts system recovery after a failure with a simple pinging mechanism. The timer is not pinged after a certain amount of time, saving system information to aid with debugging. (v.2, Aug. 2015)".

    Enabling and Configuring Watchdog Timer - IntelĀ® IOT Gateways
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  3.    07 May 2017 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
    Well, this is what Intel says about it "A watchdog timer is a hardware monitoring tool that prompts system recovery after a failure with a simple pinging mechanism. The timer is not pinged after a certain amount of time, saving system information to aid with debugging. (v.2, Aug. 2015)".

    Enabling and Configuring Watchdog Timer - IntelĀ® IOT Gateways
    Yes, i looked at that, and thought that i don't really need it on my PC. Just wanting to know if it is an essential driver to install or just forget about it.
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  4.    07 May 2017 #4
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    Well, offhand I'd say it wasn't necessary. I can't find hide nor hair of it on my machine so it can't be "essential". I can find nothing anywhere that states anything different either.
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  5.    07 May 2017 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
    Well, offhand I'd say it wasn't necessary. I can't find hide nor hair of it on my machine so it can't be "essential". I can find nothing anywhere that states anything different either.
    Thanks. I have never had it on any of my machines ever. ESET has been giving the alert daily since the latest EST program update. I might just switch of the notification settings, as I always manually check for updated drivers anyway, and Windows 10 does its own thing for its updates.
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