Using IDE on windows 7 withour admin rights

Hi everybody,

after searching several places I couldn't find a definitve answer to my questien, so I'm posting it here.

I want to use arduinos on my CS-course at School. We have Win7 machines, on which I could install the IDE using a local admin account. My Problem is, that the Domain users can't run the die. The splash Shows up, but after some seconds it closes with no hints on what is going wrong. As local admin everything works OK.

Snap4Arduino, also installed as local admin, works all right for the Domain-Users, so the communication with the arduino is not the Problem. What rights do the useres Need to run the IDE?

best regards,


That problem is most likely caused by the Arduino IDE not being able to write the preferences.txt file in the Arduino15 folder. This is located at:

Arduino IDE 1.6.5r5 and previous:
Arduino IDE 1.6.6 and later:

If this is not possible then you can try using the IDE in portable mode by creating a folder named portable in the Arduino IDE installation folder. After doing that preferences.txt will be stored in the portable folder instead of Arduino15.

it closes with no hints on what is going wrong.

You can get more information by running arduino_debug.exe from the command line.