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Intel NUC8i3BEK - Clean Win10 install - drivers needed?

I've just done a clean install of Windows 10 on my NU8i3 and I've noticed that everything all seems to be working without having to install any additional drivers.

Apart from having a longer list of Apps installed in the control panel - do I need to install the additional drivers ??

Looking in the device list - there's only unrecognised device .. which I'm thinking might be the CIR receiver.

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Hello @Ian_H​ ,

In order to have the correct driver installed (rather the default Windows driver), you should install the drivers offered in Intel site. It can be done automatically, using Intel Driver & Support Assistant https://downloadcenter.intel.com/product/128824/Intel-Driver-Support-Assistant-Intel-DSA- , however since this software utility is still with bugs, I suggest that better download the drivers from Intel site and install manually: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/product/126149/Intel-NUC-Kit-NUC8i3BEK .

Download and install first the Chipset Driver and Management Engine Driver. Reboot your NUC and install all the other drivers (sequence of installation is not important). You may now reboot your NUC only once, after the last driver is installed.

In the same Intel site, you will find the latest bios for your NUC: ver 0056. If your bios is not updated yet, download the BE0056.bio file https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/28394/BIOS-Update-BECFL357-86A-?product=126149 , save it on USB stick formatted to FAT32 and update your bios pressing F7 during boot https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000005850/mini-pcs.html

 

Leon

 

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Thank you Leon for replying .. much appreciated.

Do you know what the difference is between the default windows driver and the Intel specific drivers is?

As far as I know... Intel supply the drivers to Windows to pre-install ... so for example .. I look at my display driver .. and it shows

Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655

Manufacturer: Intel Corporation

etc...

So I'm not sure what the benefit is ??

I totally agree on the BIOS .. I've installed the latest as suggested.

 

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Hello @Ian_H​ ,

Windows is a system running on many different platforms. In order to enable the install the correct drivers you should install at least the Chipset and Management Engine Drivers. Those drivers are written specifically for your NUC and are containing information of your platform. You may expect then from Microsoft to install the correct drivers. However, from my experience I see that the drivers are not always the latest drivers released. Therefore to have better control on my computer, I check the Intel site and install the latest drivers manually. If you don't wan't to do this and you are satisfied with computer performance, is up to you to decide if you want drivers from Intel or stay with the drivers provided by Microsoft.

 

Leon

 

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