Made the upgrade to Window 8 Pro this weekend. All things considered I have noticed a good speed increase over Windows 7. No major issues except when I plugged my quad into the USB port Mission Planner couldn't find it. So....
After a bit of digging I found this post: http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/topic,94651.msg716650.html
in which I found a solution that I thought would be helpful to post here for others.
I'm running Mission Planner 1.2.14
This worked for me first try. Thanks to Louis @ Arduino for the great instructions, just thought I could save some folks a bit of time by relaying my direct experience with Mission Planner.
Thank you very much for the solution! Didn't even know win8 was out already. I don't feel like upgrading from win7_64 everything works so good. Perhaps the nonworking missionplanner on win8 was a feature not an incompatibility :) .
How do you find Win8? Looks a bit tablety and mobile phoney, rather than desktop PC?
Almost no effect on my day-to-day and I run a software company so lots of Office usage, Netbeans, local dev webserver and no issues. I just ignore the new homescreen for now it's not really an issue. It probably helps if you're used to launching apps by hitting the Windows Key, typing and hitting enter (similar to Mac Spotlight). Everything loads and runs faster compared to Windows 7 in my opinion.
Hi Andy. I followed your instructions and got Arduino working on my Win8 computer. Thanks for posting that info. However, I consistently receive an error when trying to install the Mission Planner. I made sure that I have the .NET 3.5 framework and DirectX as mentioned in the install directions but that didn't fix the problem.
Did you run into similar issues when you put Mission Planner on your Win8 computer? If so, is there a quick fix to the issue? Thanks for your time and consideration.
I'm also having similar issues, any help would really be appreciated. I've started a thread here with hopes that someone may have figured it out already.
Thanks in advance everyone,
Sorry to bring up a years-old thread, but I found this advice here, with these drivers for the Arduino on Win8, via web searches and from a link from the Arduino forums. Someone else might follow those same links and do the things suggested here in this post. I need to warn you all away from this: I just tried this on Win8.1 and though it seems to work at first, the drivers provided here are actually unstable and will eventually cause the system to BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death). The quickest way to get the computer to BSOD with these drivers is to suspend/resume the system. I've experienced this BSOD with two different laptops now. To fix this BSOD problem: Uninstall these drivers, delete them completely, then go back to the "Old" method of disabling the unsigned-driver-check and using the official Arduino drivers, as described here: http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php/topic,94651.msg727588.html#msg727588
Thank you very much for the solution! It also works in MP 2.0
I work in IT so I'm familiar with how to do things with Windows. But this one was a pain in the rear. Finally after 5 tries I have it working in Windows 8.1 on a Surface. Thanks Andy for the instructions, they work just have to follow letter by letter.