That is useful information to know, thanks. I have windows installed on a boot camp for reasons such as these so I am switching over.
I still seem to be having similar issues, in that it is recognised but instead of being under a port in devices as an arduino it is listed under “other devices” and wont accept the drivers in the way in which the online installation instructions suggest it should.
I have windows 8, and have followed the instructions to enable the unsigned drivers and downloaded the latest FDTI drivers as well as the arduino software package.
Unfortunately I didn’t get much time to fiddle with it due to the whole having to go to work thing, but my plan is to just uninstall everything and start again when I get home and see if I can get it to accept some drivers. Has anyone seen anything like this before? Do you think it is a faulty device/wire, or is it worth spending time attempting to get it running?