How to get Arduino Mega 2560 R3 to work in Windows 7

Things you will need:

    1. Arduino Mega 2560 R3: ($50).
    2. USB A to B Cable (Dollar Tree? $1).
    3. Arduino SDK: (Free).
    4. State of the art computer running: Windows 7 (You have one right?).
    5. Beer  ICEE! (Must have…. Ohh and buy me one *Donate*).


    First you will need to Download the SDK Go to their site and find it… (Make sure its for Windows 7).
    Next you will need to unzip it I put it in “My Documents” folder.
    Then after that do the following witch I have spent the last 30 mins making….. (So… Much time….).


    Open up Control panel and click on: Control Panel > Hardware and Sound.

    Control Panel > Hardware and Sound Image


    Then with Device Manager is open click on: Device Manager > Other devices > Unknown device > Properties.

    Device Manager > Other devices > Unknown device > Properties

    Now with Unknown device Properties open click on: Driver Tab > Update Driver.

    Driver Tab > Update Driver

    When the next window opens pick: Browse my computer for driver software.

    Browse my computer for driver software

    At this window you will enter the path to the arduino/drivers/ folder in your “My Documents” folder.

    Enter Your arduino folder with the drivers path

    Poor windows Security just click:  Install this driver software anyways.

    It's Trusted software let it install

    Yay… Achievement unlocked: Click Close!

    Hit Close

    Open up arduino.exe (It’s in the folder… in “My Documents/arduino/”).

    Next go to:  Tools > Board   and click on:  Arduino Mega 2560 or Mega ADK

    Tools > Board > Arduino Mega 2560 or Mega ADK

    On this screen we are going to open a Example….

    File > Examples > 1. Basics > Blink

    Time for Compile…..

    Sketch > Verify / Compile

    Achievement unlocked: You have compiled goodness(TM)….

    Now You are Mr. l337 Haxor will rulz the worlds….