Article ID: 000090611 Content Type: Maintenance & Performance Last Reviewed: 07/19/2023

How to Recover Intel® NUC BIOS, using the Aptio® V UEFI Core, when Using the Power Button Menu


Steps to recover an Intel® NUC's BIOS after failed upgrade, using Power Button.


The Intel® NUC fails to boot after attempting a BIOS update.


In the unlikely event that a BIOS update is interrupted, it's possible the BIOS may be left in an unusable state. Please follow the instructions and/or watch the video below to try and recover the BIOS.

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

    Available downloads

  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 three 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.

    Flash update has completed successfully

  7. The computer will either turn off when the recovery process is complete, or it will prompt you to turn it off.
NoteIf there is a firmware update in the BIOS (example below) the firmware will not update when using the power button method. To update the firmware in the BIOS, you will need to perform a BIOS update using the F7 method or the jumper recovery method.

Firmware update in the BIOS

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