I installed the Arduino IDE today and ended up with the "FT232R USB UART" driver, listed in Device Manager under "Other devices". This didn't allow me to select a COM port from the IDE. I then found the 38 page FTDI document which says how to install the correct driver, which takes two further installations.
After the next installation, I had the "USB Serial Port" driver listed under "Other devices". I then did another installation and got the "USB Serial Port (COM3)" driver under "Ports (COM & LPT)". This is what I needed -- I can now upload code to my Arduino Nano.
My question is: Why doesn't the Arduino IDE installation take care of this and install the correct USB COM Port driver in the correct location under "Ports (COM & LPT)"? During the IDE installation, I clicked "Install" on 3 different USB-related installation dialogs. Yet, when the IDE installation was all done, I didn't have a usable USB COM Port driver, and had to do the additional installation steps described above (preceded by a LOT of Googling to figure out what I needed to do).
Again, my question is: Why doesn't the Arduino IDE installation just take care of all of this??
Thanks for your thoughts on this.