My company has a fleet of several thousand NUC7i5BNH devices deployed, and for consistency and reliability we try to keep them all at the same (tested) BIOS version.
However, when old devices come in from the field, they often have an older BIOS (0062 and 0065 being the most common) and need to be updated. Unfortunately it looks like Intel has pulled all older BIOS versions from their site? I can find the files on Softpedia, but I'd REALLY rather not put our production systems in the hands of a third party site.
We're currently in the process of testing 0080, but until then we do not want to deploy a BIOS revision that has not been tested against our software ecosystem. Is there any way I can get the older BIOS files for the NUC7i5BNH?
BTW, official Intel documentation (https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000006922/mini-pcs.html) even explicitly discusses BIOS downgrades (for troubleshooting, etc; though we don't plan to actually downgrade any), yet does not offer any means of obtaining an older BIOS version with which to downgrade. One of these things should probably be fixed -- either don't reference downgrading if files aren't available, or make files available.
Thanks @Doc for letting me know!
JessicaJ, I spoke with one of our Product Support Engineers and she's got the content for you; it's too big to email, so we're posting it here for you. It contains all the .BIO files from version 0066 through 0079.
(link removed). I'll try to get the webpage updated for this but just sent them via email to you.
Hope it helps. Thanks!
Yes, my bad, sorry about that! I just sent them individually via email to you. They're so big I had to send one at a time :-(
Separately, I'll see if our PSE can update the webpage to include these.
Perfect! Even if the files are squirreled away somewhere on a separate page (like via an "Older Versions" link on the BIOS download page, with a disclaimer at the top offering the various caveats about using older versions and/or downgrading, and a link back to the current version page), I think that would be immensely helpful to corporate users and enthusiasts alike.