Article ID: 000090614 Content Type: Maintenance & Performance Last Reviewed: 08/23/2022

How to Perform Remote or Silent Intel NUC BIOS Update Using Express BIOS


Steps to update Intel NUC BIOS using Express Remote/Silent method


I need to update the NUC BIOS without any user interaction.


Runs the Express BIOS update from a batch file without the need for user intervention. This is useful for remote BIOS updates when user interaction is not desired.

  1. Download the Express BIOS update file (.EB.msi) for your Intel NUC. Example:

    Available downloads

  2. Download and install any utility (such as 7-Zip) that allows you to extract files from an .msi file.


  3. Extract files to a folder.
  4. Open a text editor, such as Notepad, to create a batch file that contains only the following two lines:
    • DPInst.exe /q /f /se
    • Shutdown /r /t 10 /c "Upgrading the BIOS. The computer will reboot in 10 seconds" /f /d p:0:0
    • Command line switch notes
      /qSets the quietInstall flag to ON, which suppresses the display of wizard pages, user dialog boxes, and other user messages that DPInst and Windows generate.
      /fSets the forceIfDriverIsNotBetter flag to ON, which configures DPInst to install a driver on a device even if the driver that is currently installed on the device is a better match than the new driver.
      /seSets the suppressEulaPage flag to ON, which configures DPInst to suppress the display of a EULA page.
      /rRestarts the computer after shutdown.
      /t xxSets the time-out period or delay to XXX seconds before a restart or shutdown. This causes a warning to display on the local console. You can specify 0-600 seconds. If you don't use /t, the time-out period is 30 seconds by default.
      /c "comments"

      Enables you to comment in detail about the reason for the shutdown. You must first provide a reason by using the /d option. You must enclose comments in quotation marks. You can use a maximum of 511 characters.

      You're about to be signed out

      /fForces running applications to close without warning users. Caution: Using the /f option might result in loss of unsaved data.
      /d p:0:0Lists the reason for the system restart or shutdown. The value p indicates that the restart or shutdown is planned.
  5. Save the batch file:
    • Save it to the same folder as the extracted files.
    • The file extension must be .bat.
    • Save the file as type All Files (*.*).

      Save the file

  6. Copy the folder with all files to the target Intel NUC.
  7. Open a Command Prompt in Administrator mode (PowerShell isn't supported):
    • Click the Windows button and type Command Prompt.
    • Right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator.
  8. In the Command window, navigate to the folder containing the BIOS update files and the .bat file.
  9. Type the complete .bat file name and press Enter to launch the update process.
    • Windows restarts and the BIOS update process begins.
    • After the update is complete, the system starts Windows.

If you’re using BitLocker to enable encryption on a system drive:

  • You might run into issues when performing a BIOS update, such as having to enter a recovery key during startup.
  • You can modify the .BAT file (sample below) to temporarily suspend BitLocker (and then resume after one reboot).
    • manage-bde -protectors -disable C: -RebootCount 1
    • DPInst.exe /q /f /se
    • Shutdown /r /t 10 /c "Upgrading the BIOS. The computer will reboot in 10 seconds" /f /d p:0:0

For more information, see How to Suspend BitLocker Using Command Prompt.

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