Installing Arduino for Windows #tt27

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Tinkerer: Lory Livezey

An Arduino is a microcontroller board that you can use to control sensors, motors and lights. The possibilities of what you can do are endless. They are used to control everything from robots, to drones, to devices for home automation projects. In this tutorial we are going to install the Arduino software used to program the board, then we'll program the onboard LED to blink out an SOS signal.

Previous Step

None.. This is the very beginning of your adventures with the Arduino!

What you will need

Download & Install Arduino IDE

Download the software from

Download Arduino IDE

Next, double-click the download and install the software, taking the default values:

Install Arduino IDE

Once installed, open the program. The first thing we'll do is make sure the board you are working with is being seen on the COM (USB) port it's plugged into.

Tools > Port > COMX (Arduino/Genuino UNO) - for example

You also need to set the board that you are working with. It should already be set to the UNO, so you should change it to the board you're working with:

Tools > Board > Arduino/Genuino UNO - for example


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