1. Download and Install the Arduino Software
To start the software download, click the link below.
- Depending on your web browser, a window may pop up that says "You have chosen to open: arduino-1.6.5-r5-windows.exe . Would you like to save this file?". Click "Save File".
- You may see a window that asks "Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your PC?" Click "Yes".
- The Arduino license agreement will appear when you open the downloaded application. Click "I agree" after reviewing the license.
- An installation options window will open. You can deselect "Install USB Driver" and click "Next". Leave the other options selected.
- The next window will ask you to choose the destination folder for the files. The default is probably something like C:\ProgramFiles(x86)\Arduino. This default location is fine for this installation.
- The next window will show "Completed" and you can click "Close" to complete the process.
- Now you will have an Arduino icon on your desktop. Double click it to open the Arduino software.
- Depending on your computer's settings, Windows may raise a Security Alert that says "Windows Firewall has blocked some features of this app". Click "Allow Access" to continue.
- When you run the Arduino software for the first time, some computers will open a "Sketchbook folder disappeared" window. This is not an error; click "OK" to continue.
- Do you see a window similar to the photo here? If so, you have the Arduino software installed! Time for installing the FTDI drivers.