Operating System Installation for Intel® NUC

Last Reviewed: 21-Mar-2017
Article ID: 000005471

Note See the Supported Operating Systems for Intel® NUC Products for a list of Windows* versions supported by your Intel® NUC.

Recommended steps for installing Windows on an Intel® NUC:

  1. Review the model-specific table below for any special information that applies to your Intel NUC model.
  2. Install necessary components in the Intel NUC (memory, drive, wireless card).
  3. Using another computer connected to the Internet, download the latest wired or wireless network driver for your Intel NUC. Save it to a USB portable device.
  4. Get your Windows image ready (purchased separately), on either a USB portable device or on a CD/DVD.
  5. Plug in the device containing the Windows installation image (USB port or USB optical drive, if the Windows image is on a CD/DVD).
  6. Power on the Intel NUC.
  7. At the prompt during boot, press F10 to open the boot menu and select the installation drive.
  8. Windows Setup starts. Follow all setup instructions.
  9. After Windows Setup is complete, install the wired or wireless network driver you downloaded in Step 3.
  10. Connect to the Internet.
  11. Install Windows updates (optional).
  12. Download and install the rest of the Intel NUC drivers from Download Center.

Model-specific information
Intel NUC model Special information
Models that have only USB 3.0 ports:
Intel® NUC Kit NUC6i7KYK
​Intel® NUC Kit NUC6i5SYH
Intel® NUC Kit NUC6i5SYK 
Intel® NUC Kit NUC6i3SYH 
Intel® NUC Kit NUC6i3SYK 
Intel® NUC Kit NUC5CPYH 

If you plan to install Windows 7*,  first see the instructions at Install Windows 7* on Computers with USB 3.0.
Intel® NUC Kit NUC6i3SYH
Intel® NUC Kit NUC6i3SYK
Intel® NUC Kit NUC6i5SYH
Intel® NUC Kit NUC6i5SYK

M.2 SSD Slot Disabled with BIOS Version 0028 and Earlier
First Time Windows Setup for Intel NUC 

Installing Language Packs in Windows
Intel® NUC Kit DN2820FYKH
Intel® NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE
Intel® NUC Board DE3815TYBE

BIOS Changes Required Before Operating System Installation
Intel® NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE
Intel® NUC Board DE3815TYBE

Installation Issues with Windows 8* and Windows 8.1* 

Linux* resources

OS troubleshooting resources

Related topics
Supported operating systems
Driver packs for enterprise clients
How to install Windows* from a USB device