BIOS Update and Recovery Instructions for Intel® NUC with Visual BIOS


Maintenance & Performance



Before Proceeding: If your Intel® NUC product was shipped after 2019, your system may use different methods to update the BIOS. See BIOS Update and Recovery Instructions for Intel® NUCs With Aptio 5 BIOS for these instructions.

If you are not comfortable performing a BIOS update/recovery using the options below, please contact Intel® Customer Support.

  • All BIOS update files for Intel® NUCs are available on Download Center.
  • Update instructions are also available in PDF format.

    BIOS Update Instructions for Intel® NUC with Intel® Visual BIOS (PDF) PDF icon
    Size: 443 KB
    Date: January 2020

    Note: PDF files require Adobe Acrobat Reader*

  • Downgrading the BIOS to an earlier version isn't recommended. An earlier BIOS version may not include support for bug fixes, critical security updates, or support the product revisions currently being manufactured.
  • All images in the examples used in the instructions are for illustration purposes only. Make sure to select the correct BIOS files for your Intel® NUC.
  • If a BIOS update process is interrupted, your computer might not function properly. Intel suggests the process be done in an environment with a steady power supply (preferably with UPS).
  • If using USB flash drive for the BIOS update or recovery, format it to the FAT32 format. A USB on the NTFS format will not work.

After any BIOS update, Intel recommends the following steps:

  1. Press F2 during start to enter BIOS Setup.
  2. Press F9 to set BIOS default values.
    1. Customize any BIOS settings, if desired (optional).
  3. Press F10 to save and exit BIOS Setup.
  Option for upgrading Intel NUC BIOS Solution
1.  (Recommended) Perform BIOS on Intel® NUC using Windows* based Express BIOS utility.   How to Update Intel NUC BIOS using Windows* based Express BIOS installer
2. Perform BIOS update before OS loads using F7 and USB flash drive. Updating Intel® NUC BIOS Using F7 During POST (Power-on Self Test)
3. Perform BIOS update using the Power Button to access boot menu How To Update Your Intel® NUC BIOS Using the Power Button Menu
4. Use Intel's iFlash utility to update Intel® NUC BIOS How to update BIOS using iFLASH utility for Intel NUCs
5. Upgrade Intel® NUC BIOS from UEFI. How to use UEFI Shell to Update Intel NUC BIOS
6. Use Power Button to recover from failed BIOS update. How to recover Intel NUC BIOS using Power Button Menu
7. Use the onboard Security Jumper to recover Intel® NUC BIOS. How to recover Intel NUC BIOS using Security Jumper
8. Upgrade Intel® NUC's BIOS Remotely or Silently How to Perform Remote or Silent Intel NUC BIOS Update using Express BIOS


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