6 Replies Latest reply on Sep 18, 2015 6:15 AM by marving_intel

    Updating NUC


      I have had a NUC D54250WYK for two years.


      I use it as a Home Office system with two monitors and have been delighted by it.


      However, my display port has stopped working and my supplier has told me this will require replacement of the motherboard.


      Therefore I am considering upgrading to a new NUC. Could you please advise me if I can:


      Buy a new NUC 5i5RYH

      Transfer SSD and Memory from Old NUC to new NUC (will they be compatible? 8GB SAMSUNG 1600MHz SODIMM DDR3 MEMORY (1 x 8GB), 256GB Plextor PX-256M5M mSATA SSD )

      Add a second SSD (if so, what spec must it be)

      Just transfer these parts over and switch on and it will work (operating system is Windows 10)


      As you can see, I'm not the most knowledgeable person in terms of computer hardware but I have installed RAM, graphics cards etc. in the past


      Thanks for your help



        • 1. Re: Updating NUC



          The issue is that you are going to a newer generation processor and newer generation chipset. What happens is that all devices will need to be re-enumerated because of the perceived hardware change(s). The way Windows works, some of this re-enumeration doesn't occur until after you log in. If it happens that the keyboard is not enumerated until after login, you have a Catch-22 situation; you have no keyboard with which to provide the password. I have been successful recovering from this situation once or twice, but most times it took a reinstall of the O/S from scratch to get it back.


          Bottom line, this might or might not work. If you try, the way I successfully recovered was by rebooting in safe mode, letting it sit there for a while and then rebooting normally. Sometimes, after a few cycles through this, things will suddenly start working (moving to and from safe mode sometimes seems to change the enumeration order). Again, I have been successful with this once or twice, but the bulk of attempts failed miserably. My recommendation is to bite the bullet, install Windows from scratch and then transfer over your data files and apps. This is a pain, I know.


          Something else: The WY system utilizes an mSATA SSD whereas the RY system utilizes an M.2 SSD. You are going to be doing a transfer of data no matter what...



          • 2. Re: Updating NUC

            Thanks Scott


            Your answer is enough to let me know that disaster awaits, so will get a professional to solve for me.


            That's invaluable


            Many thanks



            • 3. Re: Updating NUC

              Are you familair with sysprep? The following steps will make the final part of Windows installation run again and you will need to make a new users and have drivers. Good thing is download all drivers and keep them on SSD in root folder for easy access later.


              Start a Admin Command prompt and goto %windir%/system32/sysprep (You can start admin CMD by pressing Windows key and X, then A)


              See if you have sysprep there, if yes, run sysprep /generalize /shutdown


              This will unload all drivers and shut down system. Attach hard rive to new system and you have to reactivate with key again and make a new user but your old user content is still there in same directory under /users.

              • 4. Re: Updating NUC

                Thanks very much indeed

                • 5. Re: Updating NUC



                  Scott is 100% correct.  I have experimented with this myself with limited success, moving from a D52450 to a NUC5i7.  I've tried with Windows 7 (worked, but had to reactivate Windows), Windows 8.1 (had the enumeration issue Scott mentions, so was a complete failure), and Windows 10 (worked, but treated it as a fresh install and set everything up like a new user).


                  I hope this helps.



                  • 6. Re: Updating NUC

                    Hello russweb,


                    In regards of the RAM it seems that is compatible with the NUC that you will get. Now, with the storage you will need to get a M.2 drive and if you want to add another one you can use a 2.5" SSD on that same NUC. You can see the list of compatible parts for that NUC on the links below:


                    SSD: Intel® NUC Boards and Kits — Tested Peripherals


                    RAM: Intel® NUC Boards and Kits — System Memory


                    It is very important to use supported hardware to avoid any potential issue with the device after you have it ready to be used. You can also get its full specifications on the following link: ARK | Intel® NUC Kit NUC5i5RYH


                    If you have more questions please let me know.


                    Warm regards,