HowTo: Install programs – an example

In order to make the series of spoon-articles a little more complete, I would like to explain briefly in this article how to proceed with the installation of programs and what to pay attention to.

As an example, the ArduinoIDE will be installed. This program, like just about every other one, is installed using a step-by-step wizard.

So if you are installing a program other than the ArduinoIDE, the installation process is very likely very similar.

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Organization of the installation file

Of course, before you can install a program, you will need the installation package of the respective program. You can get it via data medium (USB sticks, CD, DVD, ...) or over the internet on your computer.

In this case, we will download the ArduinoIDE installation package from the Internet.
Go to the download page for the ArdurioIDE:

The look of this page may change over time. Especially the version number of the ArduinoIDE. Under "Windows Installer..." you will find the download link to the installation package for Windows operating systems.
On the opened page you click on "Just Download" to start the download. There is also the opportunity to donate for this open source software.

Start installation

To start the installation of the ArduinoIDE, open the folder in which you have downloaded the installation package.

Open the installation package with a double click.
After starting the installation package, you will be guided through the installation step by step. First, you have to accept the "License Agreement". You have to accept this if you want to use the software. After clicking on "I Agree" you will be taken to the next step.
In the next step you can choose which "options" to add during the installation. You can also install additional drivers and desktop shortcuts.
In this step you can choose where the program should be installed. You can leave this setting in most cases like this.
Then the installation starts and displays the current progress with a progress bar. The installation takes a few seconds to several minutes, depending on the size of the program.
After a short wait, the installation is complete and you can finish the installation wizard by clicking on "Close".

After the installation is completed you can use the program.

Have fun with the project

I hope everything worked as described. If not or you have any other questions or suggestions, please let me know in the comments. Also, ideas for new projects are always welcome. 🙂

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