Monday, May 18, 2015

Installing Arduino IDE on Windows 8.1

I was able to work with Arduino UNO using Visual Studio 2013 Community edition (here and here). However, when I wanted to install the Arduino IDE to run on Windows 8.1 Professional, the drivers that came with latest nightly builds (Arduino 1.6.4) did not work. In the device manager I could not find the ports and all that I could see was the node for 'Other devices' having an unknown device. I later found that the driver would work for Window 7 but not on Windows 8.1.

The version appropriate for Windows 8 was an earlier version which I found in the release notes.


The download of the drivers was on a Google site shown here.


I downloaded the zip file, arduino-1.0.5-r2-windows. The extracted folder has the same kind of folder structure as the other versions as shown here:


From the driver's folder installed the following:   dpinst-amd64.exe 


Now I could see the ports in the device manager as shown:


The Arduino UNO's IDE can now be started as shown:


Clicking Yes and choosing the latest opens up the IDE in the more recent version


With so many boards and supported OSs, it can consume time to find the right thing.

Reading serial port with PowerShell:

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