I have searched, read trouble shooting, etc. so please forgive me if this has been answered, I can't find it. I am a brand new user of Arduino, I have been trying to install and set it up with a "Learners Kit". It came with a smraza UNOr3 board. I installed the IDE but when I try to compile/upload a sketch, I get this error:
Arduino: 1.8.11 (Windows 8.1), Board: "Arduino Uno"
loading hardware from C:\Users\Doug\Documents\Arduino\hardware: loading package arduino-1.8.5: invalid version dir C:\Users\Doug\Documents\Arduino\hardware\arduino-1.8.5\hardware\arduino\avr: no major version found
Error compiling for board Arduino Uno.
It is being used a an older laptop that I don't use for anything else, hence the 8.1 OS.
I followed all the initial setup to the letter concerning board type, port, etc.
How should I proceed?