Intel NUC Emergency Boot Mode

It can be difficult to work out how to get into BIOS on the NUC, especially if you have made some changes to UEFI settings or installed different (secure & unsecure) operating systems.

After countless Google searches which described different procedures for the various NUC models I found out that, for at least the dual-core Celeron model, the procedure for entering the Emergency Boot Mode.

  1. Power off the NUC.
  2. Press AND hold the power button for about 3 seconds to turn on the NUC.
  3. All going well you should arrive in a text-only maintenance menu.

There is an internal jumper on some models which will boot the NUC straight into the maintenance menu, however it can be a pain to have to open up the computer when you need to use it; especially if you are constantly trying out different operating systems.