BIOS Update and Recovery Instructions for Intel® NUC Compute Elements

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Install & Setup

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02/11/2020

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

    BIOS Update Instructions for Intel® NUC Compute Elements (PDF) PDF icon
    Size: 851 KB
    Date: December 2019

    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® Compute Card.
  • 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).

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.
  3. Customize any BIOS settings, if desired (optional).
  4. Press F10 to save and exit BIOS Setup.

Click or the method for details:

Express BIOS Update
  1. Download and save the Express BIOS update file (.BI.exe) to a temporary directory on the target computer. Example:

    Express BIOS update file

  2. Double-click the *.BI.exe file to run the Express BIOS update.

    Run the Express BIOS update

  3. A command dialog appears. Press Y to restart the computer and start the update.

    Command dialog appears

  4. Wait 2-5 minutes for the update to complete.

    Wait 2-5 minutes for the update to complete

  5. When the BIOS update is complete, the computer will boot back into Windows
F7 Update

The F7 BIOS Flash Update allows you to update the system BIOS during the boot process and before the operating system loads.

  1. Download and save the Recovery BIOS capsule (.cap) file to a USB device. Example:

    Recovery BIOS capsule

  2. Plug the USB device into a USB port of the target computer
  3. Start the Intel NUC. During boot, when the F7 prompt is displayed, press F7 to enter the BIOS Flash Update tool.

     

  4. Select the USB device and press Enter.

    Select the USB device

  5. Select the .cap file and press Enter

    Select the cap file

  6. Confirm you want to update the BIOS by pressing Enter.

    Confirm you want to update the BIOS

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

    Wait 2-5 minutes for the update to complete

  8. When the BIOS update is complete, the computer will boot back into Windows.
Power Button Menu Update

The Power Button Menu Update allows you to update the Intel Compute Card's BIOS during the start process and before the operating system loads.

  1. Download and save the Recovery BIOS (.CAP) file to a USB device. Example:

    Download and save the BIOS update file

  2. Plug the USB device into a USB port of the Intel NUC when it is turned off (not in Hibernate or Sleep mode.
  3. Press the power button and hold it down for three seconds, then release it before the 4-second shutdown override. The Power Button Menu appears. (Options on the menu can vary, depending on the Intel NUC model.)

    Power Button Menu

  4. Press F7 to start the update.
  5. Wait 2-5 minutes for the update to complete.

    Select the USB device

  6. When the BIOS update is complete, the computer will boot back into Windows.
UEFI Shell Update

The UEFI Flash BIOS update utility allows you to update the BIOS from the EFI Shell.

  1. Download the UEFI Flash BIOS Update file (*.UEFI.zip). Example:

    Download the UEFI Flash BIOS Update file

  2. Double-click the *.UEFI.zip to extract its files

    Double click the ZIP

  3. Copy the iFlashVEfi64.efi and the .CAP files to a USB device.
  4. Connect the USB drive to a port on the Intel NUC.
  5. Configure the BIOS of the target computer to boot to the EFI Shell:
    1. Press F2 during start to enter BIOS setup.
    2. Go to Boot > Secure Boot.
    3. Disable Secure Boot, if enabled.
    4. Go to Boot > Boot Priority.
    5. Enable Internal UEFI Shell.
    6. Press F10 to save changes and exit BIOS Setup.
  6. Press F10 during boot to open the Boot Menu.
  7. Select UEFI: Built-in EFI Shell.

    Select UEFI Built in EFI Shell

  8. Change the current directory to the USB flash drive by entering the command fsX: where X is the drive number of the USB flash drive from the device mapping list. Example: if your USB drive is fs0, then type fs0: and press Enter.
  9. At the command prompt, type iFlashVEfi64.efi XXX.cap /P /B /CAPSULE /MEUL, where XXX.cap is the filename of the .cap file and press Enter.

    Command prompt

  10. Press Y to begin the update.
  11. Wait for the BIOS update to complete.

    BIOS update process status window

  12. The computer will restart when finished.
  13. Set the BIOS back to original settings:
    1. Restart the computer.
    2. Press F2 during start to enter BIOS setup.
    3. Go to Boot > Boot Priority.
    4. Disable Internal UEFI Shell.
    5. Go to Boot > Secure Boot.
    6. Enable Secure Boot, if it was originally enabled.
    7. Press F10 to save changes and exit BIOS Setup.
Bios Recovery - Power Button Menu

BIOS Recovery by the Power Button Menu

  1. Download and save the Recovery BIOS file to a USB device. Example:

    Save the Recovery BIOS file

  2. Double-click the *.RECOVERY.zip to extract its files.

    Double click the RECOVERY zip

  3. Plug the device into a USB port of the target computer when it is turned OFF.
  4. Press and hold the power button down for 3 seconds, then release it. The Power Button menu appears.

    Power Button menu

  5. Press F4 to start the BIOS recovery.
  6. Wait 2-5 minutes for the recovery process to complete.
  7. The computer will either turn off when the recovery process is complete, or it will prompt you to turn it off.
  8. Remove the USB device.
  9. Restart the computer.
Bios Recovery - Security Switch
Note BIOS recovery using the BIOS security jumper will clear Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 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 and save the Recovery BIOS (.bio) file to a USB device. Example:

    Save the Recovery BIOS file

  2. Double-click the *.RECOVERY.zip to extract its files.

    Double click the RECOVERY zip

  3. Shut down the computer and unplug the AC power adapter.
  4. Open the chassis and move the switch on the NUC Compute Element to “Recovery” position as in picture below. (See the Product Specification for details including the switch settings and configuration.)

    Recovery position

  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 will either turn off when the recovery process is complete, or it will prompt you to turn it off.
  8. Remove the USB device.
  9. Move the switch to "Normal" position.
  10. Close the chassis.
  11. Restart the computer.