User Guide for Intel® Compute Stick STK1A32SC


Install & Setup



Click or the topic for details:

Product Description
Symbol Description
HDMI* HDMI connector
Power LED Power LED - blue
MicroSD* MicroSD memory card slot
Security Security cable opening
USB 3.0 USB 3.0 port
USB 2.0 USB 2.0 port
Power connector Power connector
power button Power button
stick sides
Choose the Power PlugSelect the power plug attachment for your region. All plug attachments may not be included in the box.
Country Plug Attachment
United States, Japan US and Japan plug
United Kingdom UK plug
Argentina Argentina plug
Australia Australia plug
Brazil Brazil plug
China Chinese plug
European Union EU plug
India Indian plug
South Korea Korean plug

Slide the plug attachment onto the power adapter.

slide plug

The included power adapter and cable must be used to power the Intel® Compute Stick. Use of any other power adapter, power source, or cable is not supported.

Connect a Keyboard and MouseIntel® Compute Stick supports any of the following:
USB wired keyboard and mouse, connected to the ports on the Intel Compute Stick. wired keyboard and mouse
USB wireless keyboard and mouse, using a USB dongle. wireless keyboard and mouse
Bluetooth* keyboard and mouse.

Follow the instructions that came with the keyboard and mouse to pair them to the Intel Compute Stick’s onboard Bluetooth device.

You may need to temporarily connect a wired mouse/keyboard to the Intel Compute Stick in order to pair Bluetooth devices.

Bluetooth* keyboard and mouse
Note Keyboard and mouse are not included.

Find compatible keyboards and mice at the Intel Product Compatibility Tool.

Connect Directly to a Display

Plug the Intel® Compute Stick directly into a standard HDMI port on a television or monitor. The Intel Compute Stick will extend about 4.5 inches (113mm) out from the HDMI port.

connect directly to display
Connect to a Display with the HDMI Extender CableIf there is limited space around the HDMI port of the television or monitor to allow you to plug the Intel® Compute Stick directly into the port, use the flexible HDMI extender cable that came in the box.
  1. Plug the Intel Compute Stick into the female end of the extender cable (A).
  2. Plug the mail end of the extender cable into the HDMI port on the television or monitor (B).
    use flexibile HDMI extender cable

Find compatible televisions and monitors at the Intel Product Compatibility Tool.

Powering the Device

Plug the power adapter into an AC power source (A). Connect the power cable (B) to the Intel® Compute Stick as shown.

plug into power source

The Intel Compute Stick will boot up automatically when power is applied.

Shut down the Intel Compute Stick using the normal shutdown process for Windows*.

Subsequent power-ups are done just by pressing the power button on the side of the Intel Compute Stick.

Note The Intel Compute Stick is designed to use up to 10W of power. USB ports on televisions or monitors do not supply enough power for the Intel Compute Stick.

If you try to use a USB port on the television to power the Intel Compute Stick, these are the likely symptoms:

It does not turn on.

It turns on but does not boot.

It turns on, but the operating system does not load.

It turns on and the operating system loads, but it performs very slowly, reboots, or locks up.

Use the USB Ports

Use the USB 2.0 or 3.0 port to:

  • Install software from a CD or DVD using a USB optical drive.
  • Back up or access media files (such as music and photos) on an external USB drive.
using USB ports
Note USB drive and USB cable are not included.

Find compatible USB devices at the Intel Product Compatibility Tool.

Connect a USB Hub to a USB Port

Connecting a USB hub to the Intel® Compute Stick provides additional USB ports. We recommend you use only powered USB hubs.

using USB hub
Note USB Hub and USB cable are not included.
Find compatible USB hubs at the Intel Product Compatibility Tool.
Use the MicroSD Card port

The Intel® Compute Stick supports MicroSD card sizes from 8 GB to 128 GB.

MicroSD card
Note MicroSD card is not included.

Find compatible microSD cards at the Intel Product Compatibility Tool.

Secure the Intel Compute Stick

Install a security cable loop in the security opening on the edge of the Intel® Compute Stick. The security opening is 3 mm x 3 mm.

install security loop
Note A security cable loop is not included. You can build one by inserting a length of a wire rope (<3mm) through the security opening and then crimp the ends together with a cable sleeve.
making security loop
Install an Operating SystemRefer to Supported Operating Systems for a list of Intel®-validated operating systems.
Keep BIOS and Drivers Current


The latest BIOS updates are available on Download Center. Refer to BIOS Update Instructions for information on updating the Intel® Compute Stick’s BIOS.


Graphics, wireless, and Bluetooth* drivers are available on Download Center. HDMI audio drivers are included in the graphics driver package.

Windows Updates* may install driver updates automatically.