Blender 2.68a C++ Runtime Error

As the tittle suggests I’m getting started with Blender and have already run into issues. I understand the common solution to the runtime error is to download the C++ package on the downloads page. However, the error still persists in my case. I’ve downloaded v2.5.8 now and it seems to be running fine. The error occurs immediately upon startup and crashes the program so I can’t provide much info outside of the fact that I’m running Windows 7 64-bit and a nVidia GeForce GTX460M graphics card

(Sorry if this doesnt belong here, I tried posting in the Blender development forum and was ignored)

Best Wishes