I’m sure I saw solutions to common installation problems somewhere, but can’t seem to find them at the moment. The PCs at my workplace have been re-imaged recently, and Blender no longer works. Dell desktops, running Windows XP. I’ve installed the zip version as I don’t have admin rights, and only use Blender occasionally there to demonstrate 3D software to interested colleagues and students (I teach comp sci courses).
Now Blender crashes if I delete the default cube or add a mesh, with an Access violation at 0x000000000000, although I can edit or render the default cube without problems. This computer has Visual studio 2005 installed (with Visual C++) so I don’t know if the problem lies in that direction - not sure if that update mentioned on the download page is an issue.