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Topic: Vista "Error getting the Arduino data folder. (Read 3684 times) previous topic - next topic


Nov 04, 2008, 03:42 am Last Edit: Nov 04, 2008, 03:42 am by buffalo960 Reason: 1
I recently switched to Vista (from xp) and I installed a fresh copy of the Arduino 0012 IDE.

It am getting an Error (below). I have Tried using the .exe and the run.bat with no avail. Any idea what could be wrong here?  :-[


Nov 04, 2008, 09:10 am Last Edit: Nov 04, 2008, 09:11 am by willp Reason: 1

Not sure if this will help with your error, but I get better results with Vista if I r-click on the Arduino.exe and select "run as administrator" to launch it.


Nope, that didnt work.   :-[

Thanks for the reply though.  :)


I'm having this issue too.

Googling the error message leads to this forum as 1 of 3 results.

Am running as admin, and have tried XP compatibility mode.
Not sure what to try next.

Appreciate any suggestions or solutions.


Does your username have any non-ASCII characters in it?


No, just a regular name, no special chars, spaces, punctuation or symbols.


Feb 26, 2009, 05:59 am Last Edit: Feb 26, 2009, 06:14 am by rothnic Reason: 1
I'm having this same problem with 32bit Vista. Tried as admin, in xp mode, and versions 0013 and 0012.

As quickly as I post this I finally figure it out.

Open in your arduino-00## folder, the preferences file in a text editor. Then find the line settings.path.fallback=data, and comment it out. On the line above, uncomment settings.path=data, and make it look like the following:





I'm running 0016 and I get the "Arduino cannot run because it could not create a folder to store your settings".

Strange because it ran fine the first time and when i closed and reopened it it stopped working.

Tried that preference list change, tried XP mode, Admin mode, don't have weird characters in my username. What could be wrong? Thanks

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