1. Windows VISTA (Win 7, 8, 8.1, 10) can not find drivers for my device
This error can occur if the VID and PID programmed into the device EEPROM do not match those listed in the INF
files for the driver. The VID and PID programmed into the device EEPROM may be found by using the USB View
utility from the FTDI web site. These can then be checked against the VID and PID entries in the driver INF files. If
they do not match, that driver cannot be installed for that device without either reprogramming the device EEPROM
or modifying the list of VID and PID numbers in the INF files. Please note that only your own company VID and PID
or FTDI's VID (0x0403) and FTDI PID issued for use by the customer should be used in the EEPROM and INF files.
End customers should obtain modified drivers from the OEM of the device, and not necessarily edit the files
2. Devices not shown in Device Manager for uninstalling
Devices that have been installed on a system but are not currently available are referred to as "phantom devices".
These devices are not usually displayed in the device manager, but can be made to be displayed as though they are
attached. This allows device properties to be changed or devices to be uninstalled via Device Manger even though
the device is not physically connected to the PC.
To display phantom devices in Device Manager, a new system variable is required. Open "Control Panel >
System" then select the "Advanced" tab and click "Environment Variables". In the System Variables section
(NOT THE USER VARIABLES SECTION), click "New..." to display the following window:
Create a new System Variable called "DevMgr_Show_NonPresent_Devices" and set the value to 1, then
Open the Device Manager ("Control Panel > System" then select the "Hardware" tab and click "Device
Manager…", or "Control Panel > Device Manger" in Vista) and select "View > Show Hidden Devices".
Device Manager will then show all hidden and phantom devices available on that PC as shaded.