I am on Windows 7.
I do have another MSP430 but it is not with me. I should be able to get to it this week. I will try then.
Regarding the firmware update, this is the post that I found when I searched for my error:
It appears that there was an update. @@spirilis actually responded on that post regarding an update and it appeared to resolve his problem. The Wiki page has since then been deleted.
Every other search result turned up similar posts with similar responses resolving the problem. I feel like I'm