Blinking LED error message

Hey there, I'm completely new to this whole Arduino UNO thing, and I'm trying to just use the Blink example that has already come with the IDE software used for Arduino UNO.

Here is the error message I get:

Arduino: 1.6.11 (Windows Vista), Board: "Arduino/Genuino Uno"

C:\Program Files\Arduino\arduino-builder -dump-prefs -logger=machine -hardware C:\Program Files\Arduino\hardware -tools C:\Program Files\Arduino\tools-builder -tools C:\Program Files\Arduino\hardware\tools\avr -built-in-libraries C:\Program Files\Arduino\libraries -libraries C:\Users\Joshua\Documents\Arduino\libraries -fqbn=arduino:avr:uno -ide-version=10611 -build-path C:\Users\Joshua\AppData\Local\Temp\build08e4957f02c018eb579e11ddc64f9701.tmp -warnings=none -prefs=build.warn_data_percentage=75 -prefs=runtime.tools.avrdude.path=C:\Program Files\Arduino\hardware\tools\avr -prefs=runtime.tools.avr-gcc.path=C:\Program Files\Arduino\hardware\tools\avr -verbose C:\Program Files\Arduino\examples\01.Basics\Blink\Blink.ino
C:\Program Files\Arduino\arduino-builder -compile -logger=machine -hardware C:\Program Files\Arduino\hardware -tools C:\Program Files\Arduino\tools-builder -tools C:\Program Files\Arduino\hardware\tools\avr -built-in-libraries C:\Program Files\Arduino\libraries -libraries C:\Users\Joshua\Documents\Arduino\libraries -fqbn=arduino:avr:uno -ide-version=10611 -build-path C:\Users\Joshua\AppData\Local\Temp\build08e4957f02c018eb579e11ddc64f9701.tmp -warnings=none -prefs=build.warn_data_percentage=75 -prefs=runtime.tools.avrdude.path=C:\Program Files\Arduino\hardware\tools\avr -prefs=runtime.tools.avr-gcc.path=C:\Program Files\Arduino\hardware\tools\avr -verbose C:\Program Files\Arduino\examples\01.Basics\Blink\Blink.ino
Using board 'uno' from platform in folder: C:\Program Files\Arduino\hardware\arduino\avr
Using core 'arduino' from platform in folder: C:\Program Files\Arduino\hardware\arduino\avr
Detecting libraries used...
"C:\Program Files\Arduino\hardware\tools\avr/bin/avr-g++" -c -g -Os -w -std=gnu++11 -fpermissive -fno-exceptions -ffunction-sections -fdata-sections -fno-threadsafe-statics -flto -w -x c++ -E -CC -mmcu=atmega328p -DF_CPU=16000000L -DARDUINO=10611 -DARDUINO_AVR_UNO -DARDUINO_ARCH_AVR "-IC:\Program Files\Arduino\hardware\arduino\avr\cores\arduino" "-IC:\Program Files\Arduino\hardware\arduino\avr\variants\standard" "C:\Users\Joshua\AppData\Local\Temp\build08e4957f02c018eb579e11ddc64f9701.tmp\sketch\Blink.ino.cpp" -o "nul"
"C:\Program Files\Arduino\hardware\tools\avr/bin/avr-g++" -c -g -Os -w -std=gnu++11 -fpermissive -fno-exceptions -ffunction-sections -fdata-sections -fno-threadsafe-statics -flto -w -x c++ -E -CC -mmcu=atmega328p -DF_CPU=16000000L -DARDUINO=10611 -DARDUINO_AVR_UNO -DARDUINO_ARCH_AVR "-IC:\Program Files\Arduino\hardware\arduino\avr\cores\arduino" "-IC:\Program Files\Arduino\hardware\arduino\avr\variants\standard" "C:\Users\Joshua\AppData\Local\Temp\build08e4957f02c018eb579e11ddc64f9701.tmp\sketch\Blink.ino.cpp" -o "nul"
Generating function prototypes...
"C:\Program Files\Arduino\hardware\tools\avr/bin/avr-g++" -c -g -Os -w -std=gnu++11 -fpermissive -fno-exceptions -ffunction-sections -fdata-sections -fno-threadsafe-statics -flto -w -x c++ -E -CC -mmcu=atmega328p -DF_CPU=16000000L -DARDUINO=10611 -DARDUINO_AVR_UNO -DARDUINO_ARCH_AVR "-IC:\Program Files\Arduino\hardware\arduino\avr\cores\arduino" "-IC:\Program Files\Arduino\hardware\arduino\avr\variants\standard" "C:\Users\Joshua\AppData\Local\Temp\build08e4957f02c018eb579e11ddc64f9701.tmp\sketch\Blink.ino.cpp" -o "C:\Users\Joshua\AppData\Local\Temp\build08e4957f02c018eb579e11ddc64f9701.tmp\preproc\ctags_target_for_gcc_minus_e.cpp"
avr-g++: error: CreateProcess: No such file or directory

exit status 1
Error compiling for board Arduino/Genuino Uno.

I've done nothing to the original code that has already came with the Blink example pre-loaded into the software.

Any ideas on why it is showing me this error?

Thanks in advance.

Not to state the obvious but it looks like it won’t compile because it believes some file/directory is missing … around the “Generating function prototypes…” step. Just taking a stab here but - have you checked the last location listed? Tried reinstall of Arduino IDE? Double-check your system’s env. variables?

For reference, attached is what the verbose output looks like after compiling successfully on my Win10 machine. Maybe it’ll help.

blinkCompile.txt (26.7 KB)

FYI - found this old post:

To save you some time, they reference these two:
https://www.google.com/search?q=CreateProcess+site:arduino.cc
http://www.arduino.cc/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1238257341

Just skimmed the info but it looks like an issue with the system environment variables defined on your machine. If that's true, not sure how it happens but the fix is listed as clearing or deleting the GCC_EXEC_PREFIX environment variable and rebooting.

BTW - In case you didn't know, you don't need to connect the Arduino and try to upload to test. Leave the Arduino unplugged and just click the "Verify" button next to "Upload" in the IDE to see if it complies.