I'm having this issue too. I managed to update to the latest 201711160000 firmware thanks to the help of a friend with a MacBook. (It was hell trying to update from the stock out-of-box 2014 era firmware - had to load OSX bean loader v 1.5.1)..
In any case, I'm dead in the water trying to upload sketches with windows. I can scan my beans, blink the LEDs, but otherwise, I'm getting the exact same behavior (read_device_info, etc..) everyone else on this thread is describing.
PLEASE HELP! I've got an exciting project for my Beans and I'd like to move forward instead of ditching them for another BT solution. Thanks!