1. Next time while you are updating your Bios, please use the Bios recovery: BIOS Recovery Update Instructions for Intel® NUC . As you can see there are two methods:
- Power Button Menu
- Security Jumper removed
As you can see you have used the Security Jumper removed method (it is not required to press F7, as in this case the recovery starts and end automatically).
If you will next time update your Bios from Power Button Menu (in this method, you are not required to open your computer, follow those steps):
- Prepare USB stick fully formatted to FAT32 (disable quick format option during format). Save the Bios file *.bio on this stick and insert it into USB slot (NUC shall be OFF).
- Press Power Button for about 3 seconds. You should release the Power Button soon as the power led changes color from blue to amber. NUC will reboot into Power Button Menu.
- Press F4 and the recovery shall start.
- When the recovery finishes, pull out the power cord.
- Replace the power cord and press Power Button to switch the computer to ON.
2. Now about the BSOD on your NUC. In the early Bios version it was bug, that the voltage regulator circuitry wasn't well protected. This was fixed two years ago in Bios ver. 0042. Since you have never updated your Bios, this failure probably has occurred (i.e. voltage regulator was permanently demaged) in your NUC. Once it happened, you can not repair it and your NUC must be replaced. So, now please check if your NUC is still covered by 3 years of Intel International Warranty: Warranty Information . If yes, ask Intel service to replace your NUC.
Hope this will help
Thanks for the reply lw1948. So far I have narrowed it down to a driver during the fresh install process. I had to disabled automatic driver installation. I was able to install all of the drivers except for the igpu driver. BSODs occur when I install any version of the Intel HD Graphics drivers. Specifically the BSOD either occurs when I restart the computer and the driver goes into effect or when the screen blips and the computer doesn't need to restart.
Most likely this could be a CPU degradation issue. This coincides with the time heavy prolonged gaming usage from about new years to when the BSODs started happening. Fortunately, the NUC is still under international warranty.