You shall recover your BIOS, using security jumper method:BIOS Recovery Update Instructions for Intel® NUC
On the attached picture you can see the yellow security jumper that you shall remove in order to execute the BIOS recovery. After recovery, replace this jumper on the same pins.
Thank you lw1948, I ended up in a chat with Intel support last night and have surmised that my Samsung 960 EVO might be the reason for my trouble.
I tried doing a BIOS recovery both by removing the jumper as well as powering up by holding the power button down for 3-4 seconds and neither method worked. The recovery process wouldn't even start.
It was only after pulling out my Samsung SSD that it would finally let me into the BIOS. To test out if it was the Samsung, I ended up putting in a Kingston Predator M.2 SSD from another NUC I have and that booted up to the desktop just fine.
The tech told me that neither my memory nor SSD are technically on the "approved/tested" list so I am wondering if anyone else is running what I am and not having problems. I read one bad review on Amazon for the 960 EVO in which the person suffered the same fate as I did, which is basically 2-3 weeks of it running fine and then one day not booting up. I was very happy with this setup until yesterday so I don't know if it was just a fluke and my SSD is legitimately bad or if I RMA it, will I be dealing with the same issue in a few weeks.
Frustrating, but thanks again for the reply lw1948, I appreciate it!
Thanks Allan, I will do that. Seems that everyone is out of stock on this drive though so it could be a few weeks sadly.
Just to keep those interested updated. I finally ended up tracking down a 500GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe SSD and am currently running Windows 10 x64 on it. I have only had it back up for 2 days, but plan to put it through its paces to see if I can get it to fail. Obviously I am hoping that first one was a fluke as these drives are amazing. The first one failed around 2 weeks in so we shall see what this one does.
I installed the NVMe driver from the Samsung website and the drive itself installed the latest firmware upon installation so I will post back on how things are running.