I'm having difficulty opening the Arduino Software - 1.0.1 or 0.23 - on a x64 Windows 8 system. When I run the software the splash screen opens and closes. The program doesn't open following the splash screen.
I've tried running the program in multiple compatibility modes - including Windows SP3 - as an administrator and the result is always the same.
I read on a site that in Windows 7 "disable visual themes" helped a similar sounding issue. (http://www.nerdybynature.com/index.php/2011/10/arduino-ide-crashing-on-windows-7-64-bit/
) As near as I can tell there is no equivalent option for Windows 8 - trying "Reduced Color Mode" and "Run in 640x480" doesn't seem to help.
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
**edit: I've also confirmed that the driver is correctly installed: the arduino DigitalReadSerial sketch (loaded on another system) prints out in hyperterminal.