Operating System Installation for Intel® NUC


Install & Setup



Note See the Supported Operating Systems for Intel® NUC Products for a list of Windows* versions supported by your Intel® NUC.

Prepare to install

  1. Review the model-specific table below for any special information that applies to your Intel NUC model. 
  2. Install necessary components in the Intel NUC (memory and drive, purchased separately).
  3. Use another computer connected to the Internet to download the latest wired or wireless network driver for your Intel NUC. Save it to a USB portable device.
  4. Get your Windows image ready (purchased separately), on either a USB portable device or on a CD/DVD.

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Model-specific information

See the table for special information you should know before you begin installing the operating system. If your Intel NUC model isn't listed here, you can proceed directly to the installation steps.

Intel® NUC Model Special Information
Intel® NUC Kit NUC7i3BNH
Intel® NUC Kit NUC7i5BNH
Intel® NUC Kit NUC7i7BNH
If you plan to install both a hard drive and Intel® Optane™ Memory, Windows® 10 must be installed on the hard drive. Don't install Windows 10 on the Intel Optane Memory module.
Models that have only USB 3.0 ports:
Intel® NUC Kit NUC6i7KYK
​Intel® NUC Kit NUC6i5SYH
Intel® NUC Kit NUC6i5SYK 
Intel® NUC Kit NUC6i3SYH 
Intel® NUC Kit NUC6i3SYK 
Intel® NUC Kit NUC5CPYH 

If you plan to install Windows 7*, see the instructions at Install Windows 7* on Computers with USB 3.0.
Intel® NUC Kit DN2820FYKH
Intel® NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE
Intel® NUC Board DE3815TYBE

BIOS Changes Required Before Operating System Installation
Intel® NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE
Intel® NUC Board DE3815TYBE

Installation Issues with Windows 8* and Windows 8.1* 

Install Windows*

  1. Plug in the device with the Windows installation image (USB port or USB optical drive, if the Windows image is on a CD/DVD).
  2. Power on the Intel NUC.
  3. At the prompt during boot, press F10 to open the boot menu and select the installation drive.
  4. Windows Setup starts. Follow all setup instructions.

After installation is complete

  1. After Windows Setup is complete, install the wired or wireless network driver you downloaded in Step 3.
  2. Connect to the Internet.
  3. Install Windows updates (optional).
  4. Download and install the rest of the Intel NUC drivers from Download Center.

Linux* resources

OS troubleshooting resources

Related topics
Supported operating systems
PXE-Related Resources
How to install Windows* from a USB device