New installations of blender are crashing

I have a copy of windows XP that I am trying to install Blender on. After it installs and gives me the option to run Blender it will run fine, but if I close it and try to run it again, it it will work up to just before the splash screen but then closes. This has happened for every version of Blender that I was trying to install; 2.49b, 2.63a, and 2.64a. The only computer this hasn’t happened on is the one running Debian Linux, I am using the windows installation of Blender 2.49b with WINE on that.