Notes About Working with Various Arduino & Netduino Microcontroller Boards

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Arduino Due & Windows 8

Driver Installation

When trying to install the Arduino programming port driver for the Arduino Due on Windows 8, the default security prevented installing the unsigned driver. The only solution at present appears to be disabling the driver signature requirement. Windows still warns about installing an unsigned driver, but at least you can choose to do so.

Here are the steps:
  1. Press the Windows Key and the ‘R’ key simultaneously
  2. Run the command  shutdown.exe /r /o /f /t 00
  3. When prompted, select Troubleshoot
  4. Select Advanced Options
  5. Select Startup Settings and reboot
  6. When the boot menu appears, use the arrow keys to select Disable Driver Signature Enforcement
  7. Install driver as usual via Device Manager
Sources: Bryon Connolly's blog, post by Louis Davis in Arduino forum

Sketchbook Location

Start the Arduino IDE as administrator.  In the program's Preferences, change the sketchbook location to a folder accessible by a regular user (like a folder in My Documents). Otherwise, the program complains about the missing sketches folder and may not start when not run as administrator.

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