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BIOS Recovery Update Instructions for Intel® NUC


Last Reviewed: 03-Feb-2017
Article ID: 000005532

In the unlikely event that a BIOS update is interrupted, it's possible the BIOS might be left in an unusable state. See instructions below, or use the PDF version.

Note: PDF files require Adobe Acrobat Reader*

There are two options to perform a BIOS recovery:

  • Power Button Menu
  • Security Jumper
     
Note
  • This process is intended to be performed by a trained technician.
  • Downgrading the BIOS to an earlier version is not recommended and might not be supported. An earlier BIOS version might not support the latest processors, bug fixes, critical security updates, or the board revisions currently manufactured.
  • Do not interrupt the BIOS update process. We recommend the process be done in an environment with a steady power supply (preferably with UPS).
  • Before updating the BIOS, manually record all BIOS settings you changed (from default) so they can be restored after completing the BIOS update.
  • All images in this example are for illustration purposes only. You need to select the correct BIOS files for your Intel® NUC. All BIOS update files for Intel® NUC products are available on Download Center.

 

BIOS Recovery by the Power Button Menu

  1. Download the Recovery BIOS (.BIO) file. Example:

  2. Copy the recovery file (*.BIO) to a USB device.

  3. Plug the device into a USB port of the target computer when it's turned OFF.

  4. Press and hold the power button down for 3 seconds, then release it.

  5. The Power Button menu appears.

  6. Press F4 to start the BIOS recovery. 

  7. Wait 2-5 minutes for the update to complete.
    update screen

  8. The computer turns off when the recovery process is complete, or it prompts you to turn it off.



BIOS Recovery by the Security Jumper
 

Note BIOS recovery using the BIOS security jumper clears trusted platform module keys, Intel® Platform Trust Technology (Intel® PTT) keys, and High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) keys. These keys will not be restored after the BIOS recovery.
 
  1. Download the Recovery BIOS (.BIO) file. Example:
  2. Copy the recovery file (*.BIO) to a USB device.
  3. Shut down the computer and unplug the AC power adapter.
  4. Open the chassis and remove the BIOS security jumper. See the Technical Product Specification for details including the location of this jumper.

  5. Plug the USB device into a USB port of the target computer and turn it on.
  6. Wait 2–5 minutes for the recovery process to complete.
  7. The computer turns off when the recovery process is complete, or it prompts you to turn it off.
  8. Remove the USB device.
  9. Replace the BIOS security jumper.
  10. Close the chassis.
  11. Restart the computer.
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