XP, installation and useless error messages

I’m not a windows savvy person, but I need to pack a few panda apps for windows so I recently dug out a copy of XP sp2 I bought about four years ago and slapped it on a spare HD in one of my machines specifically to install panda.

There is nothing on this machine except for XP, mainboard drivers and video drivers.

The install of 1.6.2 was painless, no hitches, but when running the samples (all of them) I get the exact same completely useless (to me) error.

C:\Panda3D-1.6.2\samples\Chessboard>python Tut-Chessboard.py
DirectStart: Starting the game.
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "Tut-Chessboard.py", line 10, in <module>
    import direct.directbase.DirectStart
  File "C:\Panda3D-1.6.2\direct\directbase\DirectStart.py", line 3, in <module>
    from direct.showbase import ShowBase
  File "C:\Panda3D-1.6.2\direct\showbase\ShowBase.py", line 10, in <module>
    from pandac.PandaModules import *
  File "pandac\PandaModules.py", line 2, in <module>
  File "pandac\libpandaModules.py", line 2, in <module>
  File "pandac\extension_native_helpers.py", line 73, in Dtool_PreloadDLL
ImportError: DLL load failed: This application has failed to start because the a
pplication configuration is incorrect. Reinstalling the application may fix this


It would be fantastic if this error told me what DLL failed to load, and perhaps even why it failed, but nothing.

Any ideas? And yes, I tried the ever so unhelpful “remove, reinstall” idea, fixes exactly nothing.

Yeah, known issue. Sorry about that.