BIOS Update and Recovery Instructions for Intel® NUC Laptop Kits with the Aptio® V UEFI Firmware BIOS Core

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09/21/2021

All Intel® NUC Laptop Kits use the Aptio® V UEFI Firmware BIOS core.

Note

  • The latest BIOS update files for Intel® NUC Laptop Kits are available on Download Center.
  • Update instructions are also available in PDF format.

    BIOS Update Instructions for Intel® NUC with Aptio® V UEFI Firmware BIOS Core PDF icon
    Size: 138 KB
    Date: December 2020

  • Once the update process has started, do not power down your system until the update is complete. The update process will take up to 3 minutes. If a BIOS update process is interrupted, your computer may not function properly. We recommend the process be done in an environment with a steady power supply (preferably with UPS).
  • Downgrading the BIOS to an earlier version isn’t recommended and might not be supported. An earlier BIOS version might not offer support for the latest processors, bug fixes, critical security updates, or support the latest board revisions currently being manufactured. If you're trying to downgrade to a previous BIOS version and its Intel® ME Firmware version is older than that currently on the motherboard, then the downgrade is not supported.
  • Before you start, record all BIOS settings that have been changed from default, so they can be restored after completing the BIOS update.
  • We do not recommend using BIOS recovery to update the BIOS, as it doesn't update the EC firmware. Only use BIOS recovery to downgrade or to reinstall the same version of the BIOS already installed.

Click or the topic for details:

Express BIOS Update (Windows-based)
  1. Download and save the Express BIOS Update (.EBU.exe) file to a temporary folder. Example:

    Download and save the Express BIOS Update

  2. Double-click the .EBU.exe to run the Express BIOS update.

    Run the Express BIOS update

    Note You must have the AC power adapter connected to run the BIOS update using the Express BIOS method.
  3. A command dialog appears. Press Y to restart the computer and start the update.

    Press Y to restart the computer

  4. 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 update option allows you to update the system BIOS during the boot process and before the operating system loads.
  1. Download and save the BIOS (.CAP) file to a USB device.

    Download and save the Recovery BIOS file

  2. Plug the USB device into a USB port of the target computer.
  3. Start the Intel NUC Laptop Kit. 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 and press Enter

  5. Select the .CAP file and press Enter.
  6. Confirm you want to update the BIOS by pressing Enter.
  7. Wait 2-5 minutes for the update to complete.
  8. When the BIOS update is complete, the computer will boot back into Windows.
BIOS Recovery by the Power Button Menu
  1. Download the RECOVERY.ZIP file. Example:

    Download the file

  2. Extract the .CAP file and transfer it to a USB flash drive.

    Note

    • There can only be one .cap file on the root of the USB flash drive or the recovery process will abort.

    There can only be one cap file

  3. Plug the USB flash drive into a USB port on the Intel NUC Laptop Kit when it’s turned off (not in Hibernate or Sleep mode) and connect the Intel NUC Laptop Kit to AC power.
  4. Press and hold the power button for 6-7 seconds, release the power button and the Power Button Menu will appear.

    Power Button Menu will appear

  5. Press F4 to start a BIOS Recovery.
  6. Wait 2-3 minutes for the update to complete.
  7. The Intel NUC Laptop Kit will automatically restart when the recovery process is completed.
  8. Remove the USB flash drive.
  9. Restart the computer.
BIOS Recovery by Security Jumper for Intel® NUC 9 Extreme Laptop Kits Only
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 the RECOVERY.zip file. Example:

    Download and save the Recovery BIOS file

  2. Extract the RECOVERY.zip file and copy the EFI folder to the root level of a USB flash drive.

    Extract the files

    Note
    • It is critical to extract the files with the file folder structure as shown below.
    • The USB device must contain a; \EFI folder with the sub-folder; \Intel, which contains the; xxxx.CAP file. Otherwise the recovery will fail.

    Example: D:\EFI\INTEL\QCCFL357.CAP

  3. Shut down the computer and unplug the AC power adapter.
  4. Remove the screws and open the bottom cover of the chassis, then remove the BIOS security jumper next to the wireless card.

    Open the chassis and remove the BIOS security jumper

  5. Plug the USB flash drive into a USB port of the Intel NUC Laptop Kit and connect the computer to AC power.
  6. Turn on the Intel NUC Laptop Kit and the recovery process will begin automatically after a 10 second countdown.
  7. Wait 2-5 minutes for the recovery process to complete.
  8. After the recovery process finishes, you will receive the message, "Recovery Complete".
  9. Power off the Intel NUC Laptop Kit and remove the USB device.
  10. Unplug the AC power from the computer and replace the BIOS security jumper.
  11. Attach the bottom cover and reattach the AC power.
  12. Restart the computer.