IDE will not open in Windows XP

Hi.

I'm brand new to this stuff. My Arduino is in the mail! To get ready, I downloaded 1.0.6 of the ide, installed it using the windows exe. When I launch the program, I get a splash screen and then nothing.

I downloaded the 1.5.8 beta and tried that version with the same result.... splash screen and then nothing.

I read the FAQ and did a search and found nothing. I've seen a few people with this issue on Windows 7 and 8 but nothing for XP.

I looked in the program folder for log files and did not see anything. Is there such a thing?

I'm aware I'm using an old operating system. Upgrading it isn't an option for me at this point.

Could anyone give me a hand trouble shooting this? Where to start?

Thanks.