Installing Flash Tool Lite on Windows*

If you have a host system with 64-bit Windows* or Mac* OS X*, the setup tool for the Intel® Edison board replaces this method of flashing your board. For steps for your host system, see the steps for Windows or Mac.

This section contains steps to install Flash Tool Lite to update (flash) the firmware on your Intel® Edison board. The firmware is your board's operating system, and also allows for use of Wi-Fi*, Bluetooth*, analog and digital controls, and other functions. While installing and flashing your board is not necessarily required to begin programming your board, it's important to keep your firmware up-to-date to ensure the best stability and performance for your board. Flashing your firmware also gives you access to vital features, like the ability to connect your board to a wireless network.

For an introduction to flashing your firmware, see Flashing your board's firmware.


  • You have already set up your board and connected the board to your host system. This includes assembling your board, installing the appropriate drivers (if your host system has Windows*), and flashing your firmware. For steps, see the appropriate guide for Windows 64-bit, Windows 32-bit, Mac* OS X*, and Linux*.

Remove old images

  1. Open a new command window by clicking Start. Type cmd and press Enter.

    Open a command window from the Windows Start menu

  2. Type the drive letter of the Intel® Edison board, which you noted earlier in the installation process. Press Enter.


  3. Enter the command:

    del *

    At the prompt, type y and press Enter.


  4. All files should now be removed. To confirm, type dir and press Enter to view files on the drive.


Windows installation

  1. Download and run the latest version of Flash Tool Lite from the Intel® Platform Flash Tool Lite page.
  2. When the setup wizard pops up, click Next.
  3. Select Standard installation and follow the on-screen instructions to finish installing Flash Tool Lite.

    Flash Tool Lite wizard

  4. Click Next to accept the License agreement.

    Accept license agreement

  5.  Click Next after the screen documenting libraries and packages.  

    Libraries and packages

  6. Select Standard installation.

    Select Standard installation mode

  7. Keep the default selections and click Next

    Select Additional Tasks

  8. Click Install

    Review installation settings

  9. If you are prompted to install a driver after the main installation wizard prcess, answer Yes and complete the driver installation. 

    Disconnect all Intel SoC devices before proceeding

Next Steps

Now that you have installed Flash Tool Lite, continue to Flashing the firmware with Flash Tool Lite.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015
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