I haven't tried but I have used that way to install some old drivers. I don't think it is a hardware limitation, it might be something like chineses cloned that chip too much that prolific stopped supporting these old versions or something like that.
That Lenovo driver only supports newer PL2303 chips, not the ones I have. So once again don't get it if you have win 8. Ask seller if they use this chip. FTDI and CP210X chips both work.
Another good reason to only buy genuine Arduino products.
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