Hello, I'm having the same exact issue. I installed the Humble version of Cogs Go, as the system couldn't run the other version as it is underpowered and it was too laggy. The system is a clean install of Win XP, with all updates through SP 3, and was installed less than a month ago. It is not a stripped down install at all in my case, it's straight from MS's CD. Upon reading this section, i found the system was only minus the OpenAL32.dll from what was listed to check, so i installed that distribution, I also installed the C++ 2010 distributable as well just to be safe. It has updated video drivers. It still won't start, and provides no real informative error other than "This application has failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect. Reinstalling the application may fix this problem."