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Install Windows 10 x64 1607 on Intel NUC10i3FNH

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The three things users need to know before installing old versions of Windows 10 on NUC 10:

1. DSDT does not exist, so I can not install 32-bit Windows on NUC10i3FNH.

2. If I enable Thunderbolt in BIOS, Windows 10 x64 1607 or earlier gets stuck on black screen (UEFI) or messed up screen (LEGACY) when booting.

3. The error message "Windows could not update the computer's boot configuration. Installation cannot proceed." appears if I install Windows 10 x64 1703 or earlier on a GPT partitioned drive by UEFI booting with modern standby enabled. And I found another error message "Failed to create a new system store. Status = [c0000001]" in setupact.log.

To solve the second and third problem, I contacted Intel Support. Intel released BIOS FN0042 to change Thunderbolt boot default. And I found a workaround to the third problem.

I solved the third problem by installing Windows 10 x64 1703 or earlier on an MBR partitioned drive by legacy booting with S3 standby enabled. Then I converted MBR to GPT by using MBR2GPT. Finally, I could use Windows 10 x64 1607 in UEFI mode with modern standby enabled. After a lot of trial and error, I learned that 1709 will become the minimum required version if someday Intel removes CSM support.

I downloaded these drivers from Intel's website. INF or XML modification is required during installation of Intel Graphics, Wi-Fi, and HDA drivers.

BIOS Update [FNCML357] (FN0042, withdrawn)
Intel RST driver (, withdrawn)
Chipset INF Utility (10.1.18383.8213)
Intel Graphics DCH drivers (
Intel Network Adapter driver for Windows 10 (25.0)
Intel Wireless Bluetooth driver for Windows 10 (21.90.2)
Windows 10 Wi-Fi drivers for Intel Wireless Adapters (21.90.3)
Intel Serial IO driver for NUC (30.100.1947.3)
ITE Tech CIR driver for Windows 10 64-bit for NUC 10 Kit (
USB Type C Power Delivery Controller for Windows 10 64-bit for NUC (
Genesys Chipset Device Software for Windows 10 64-bit for NUC 10 Kit (
Realtek HDA driver for Windows 10 64-bit for NUC Kit (6.0.8791.1)

I don't know how to install ISST driver in 1607, but I installed Display Audio driver 10.27 manually. Besides, I also found the control panel utility for SF314-58G from Acer's website.

I want to play UHD Blu-ray disc on NUC10i3FNH, so I didn't install Intel ME consumer driver for Windows 10 64-bit for NUC Kit (1931.14.0.1323) because it only supports HDCP 2.2 and Advance Protected Audio/Video path.

Intel Management Engine Interface driver (1937.14.0.1350, for DELL Vostro 3590)
Intel SGX driver for Windows (

The ME driver from Intel contains MEI drivers. But the MEI driver from DELL contains MEI drivers, applications, and iCLS. Honestly speaking, similar names are confusing.

The DCH version of MEI requires Windows 10 version 1709 or later, and it is hard to find CML compatible traditional MEI drivers. Most mini PC manufacturers provide MEI driver 1919.14.0.1269 for CML, so I installed x86/x64 MEI driver for ASUS PN62 before I found compatible x64 MEI from DELL. The device ID of IMEI on NUC10i3FNH is 02E0.
(Unlike CML, CML-V requires version 1809 or later)

Old Intel SGX 1.x drivers are not compatible with NUC 10. Therefore I tried different SGX 2.x drivers because the online SGX test in CyberLink Ultra HD Blu-ray Advisor 2.0.3231 always failed with error code 394260080. I tried modifying INF files to install latest MEI and DCH version of SGX driver, but INF modification didn't work at all!

I almost gave up until I found Corel Ultra HD Blu-ray check tool, which was released in May 2019. All offline tests were passed, including SGX test. Apparently the only way to find the answer was playing UHD Blu-ray disc.

archgon MD-8102-U3-UHD-K (Pioneer BDR-UD04)
CyberLink PowerDVD 20 Ultra

Anyway, PowerDVD 20 Ultra plays UHD Blu-ray disc on NUC10i3FNH without major problem. The program activates HDR and 2160p@24Hz on LG 27GL850-B.

Compared with Intel UHD 630, the integrated UHD Graphics in Core i3-10110U provides poor gaming performance, just like HD 610 Graphics in Pentium G4560.

FurMark test result of

Edited by halohalo

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Posted (edited)
6 hours ago, halohalo said:

I don't know how to install ISST driver in 1607



the Intel HDA SST (or ISST) driver for Realtek HD Audio requires Win10 v1709 or higher - won't install on v1607 w/out modding the INF files.
Intel designed newer ISST drivers that way.

open the AUD_Win10_64_6.0.8791.1.zip file in 7zip and inspect the \AUD_Win10_6.0.1.8791\IntelHDASST\ folder.
the INF files (like IntcAudioBus.inf, IntcSST.inf, etc.) have the following section:


Intel(R) Corporation = Intel, NTAMD64.10.0...16299

change "NTAMD64.10.0...16299" to "NTAMD64.10.0", save changes, disable driver signature enforcement and then try to install the ISST driver
do expect some weird error messages (if they occur) during the install


edit - btw, the Realtek HD Audio 6.0.8791.1 driver for Intel NUC10i3FNH is in Universal Audio Driver (UAD) format and not in the bigger, traditional (non-UAD) format like the one found on Realtek's web site but the Realtek audio driver on the Realtek site is very old.

Edited by erpdude8

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I think there is nothing I can do about it.


1607 does not support extension INF. The old OS ignores HdBusExt.inf during installation of graphics driver, so I can't install Intel SST on 1607. Maybe it is possible to install SST by INF modification, but 1607 does not support Wake On Voice.


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oh well, I guess it's tough luck when using v1607 or LTSB 2016 on there :)
NUC10i3FNH has 10th gen Intel core hardware and there's a very slim chance it may work with an old Win10 version

maybe someday you should upgrade to either v1809 or LTSC 2019 as that one supports extension INFs and 1809 is stable now than it was first released back in Oct. 2018 (and supports 10th gen Intel hardware)
I've ditched the 1607 version as the recent cumulative updates like KB4561616 & KB4567517 take about a full hour to install (takes really long time and their updates are huge)
on the other hand, the recent updates for 1809 like KB4561608 & KB4567513 take about half an hour to install and are much smaller

also the Intel Display Audio driver is only used when connecting an HD monitor that has a built-in audio system with an HDMI cable to an HDMI port (that I know from experience)

Edited by erpdude8

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Posted (edited)

you might be better off doing one of the following:

a.  run v1607 on 7th gen Intel hardware like NUC7i3BNH (Kaby Lake - 1607 release officially supports up to Kaby Lake; 8th/9th gen or newer hardware [aka Coffee Lake] not supported nor guaranteed). 


b.  run v1809 or LTSC 2019 on NUC10i3FNH (v1809 can run on 8th gen up to 10th gen Intel hardware)

NUC10i3FNH is too "new" or recent to run on an old Win10 version like v1607 and only the LTSB 2016 edition of 1607 is still supported by MS

Edited by erpdude8

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