Step 2: Install USB Drivers

In this step, you will run two installers to enable USB features between your Intel® Edison board and your Windows* computer.

  1. Install the Intel® Edison Board USB Drivers
    Run the standalone driver installer for Windows* to install several USB drivers such as:

    • Composite Device Class (CDC) for programming the board via the Arduino* IDE
    • Remote Network Driver Interface Spec (RNDIS) for Ethernet over USB
    • Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) for updating firmware on devices
  2. Install FTDI* CDM drivers
    Install serial drivers, available from FTDI Chip*, to allow your computer to communicate with USB serial devices, including the Intel® Edison board.

Are you running Windows* 64-bit?
You will find it more convenient to use the setup tool to install all USB drivers (plus flash firmware) within a single installation wizard. Go to the Windows* 64-bit Getting Started Guide.

Install the Intel® Edison Board USB Drivers

Animated gif: Running the Intel® Edison Board USB Drivers


  1. Get the latest Windows* Standalone Driver from software.intel.com/iot/hardware/edison/downloads listed under the driver software heading.

    Direct file link:
    At the time of writing, the latest Windows* Standalone Driver was 1.2.1.

  2. Double-click the downloaded EXE file to launch the installation wizard.

    First screen of the Windows* Standalone Driver installer

  3. Follow the on-screen instructions within the installer. Click Next where needed.

Install FTDI CDM Drivers

  1. Download the FTDI* D2XX drivers setup executable for Windows* from ftdichip.com.

    Direct file link:
    At the time of writing, the latest Windows* setup executable was 2.12.26.

  2. Extract the files from the downloaded ZIP. Right-click the downloaded EXE file and select Run as administrator.

    After right-clicking, hovering over Run as administrator option in context menu

  3. Follow the on-screen instructions within the installer. Click Next where needed.

    First screen of FTDI* CDM driver installer

  4. Once installation is complete, reboot your system.

    Restarting Windows* computer from Start menu

Next Steps

Now that you have installed your drivers, continue to Step 3: Flash the Firmware on your Intel® Edison board.

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