Arduino.exe in Windows XP SP3 fails to start!

I just bought my first Arduino down at the local Radio Shack. Once, home I immediately started setting it up by following the guide here: http://arduino.cc/en/Guide/Windows. Everything was going well until I reached step 5 (Launch the Arduino application). When I double-clicked the application, the splash screen popped up for a couple seconds then went away and then nothing opened. Repeated attempts resulted this way as well.

What might the problem with this be?

Thanks,

There seem to be a few reports of that, yet thousands of others have no problems.

Where did you put the install files? Can you try running as administrator?

I just found out that the extraction process failed for some reason causing some files to not be extracted! All I did to fix it was delete all of the files then re-extract and voila.

All is well now :)

Thanks!