So over the past few days I've managed to get geth-stable 184.108.40.206 running on Windows. My local chain manager is keeping up with the https://stats.ethdev.com/
blocknumbers in real time, so I'm confident there. I generated an address and transfered .01 eth to this address using a coin exchange that I have used in the past for altcoint transactions in the past. After a few minutes the transaction went from PENDING to complete, but running 'web3.fromWei(eth.getBalance(eth.coinbase), "ether")' returns 0. It's been over 45 minutes yet and still nothing. I checked my coinbase address and what I assume is a transaction hash in two different blockchain explorers and neither numbers show up.
I'm not sure how to verify that I've generated a valid wallet or confirm that the transaction was actually recorded or if something is wrong with the exchange.