Yeah I’ve seen the getting started page. It’s too much for the people I want to give this to. I was hoping either to find or write something that would do it automagically for them. So the guide would look like this:
- Plug the board in
- Double click install.exe
- Double click app.exe
My tech-nots can handle that… I guess what I’m curious about is that on my Win7 machine I plugged the board in and installed the IDE. That’s it. Did I get away with that because my win7 install didn’t need a driver install?
I can’t really answer that not being a Windows software guru type. I started with arduino back in the version 7 or 8 IDE days I think, and once your PC already has the needed USB drivers installed, upgrading the IDE does not require reinstalling USB drivers if you already have them installed into your machine. I did recently get a new computer with windows 8.1 and spend a lot of time on the web finding the work around of installing ‘unsigned’ drivers for FTDI, USBasp programmer, USBtiny USB driver, etc. but in the end it got done, abet with a lot of time and frustration on my part.
I do appreciate your problem/objective and a simple standalone .exe installation of arduino USB drivers would be a nice thing to have in ones ‘tool box’ if it is indeed possible. But keep in mind that the arduino platform supports multiple OSs and they have to publish installation instruction to support so many different PC, OS versions, and board types that it’s hard to see how to simplify the process for just a subset of user’s needs. But again there are gurus around here so maybe someone can help you with your desired objective.