Noob - panda 3 in Vista?

Is there any simple way to use a FEZ Panda III in vista? It seems the last sdk to support vista was 4.2, but even after installing 4.2 + NETMF and Gadgeteer Package 2013 R1 I’m not seeing anything in the device manager that might be the panda. I’m a complete noob to microcontrollers so I might be missing something simple, but is there any way to make this thing do something in Vista or have I just burnt $50? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.