Launcher fails on Windows XP Pro for IJ 6.0

I just installed IJ 6.0 and it fails to start, giving the following failure. It appears to be related to the launcher and maybe the plugin manager but why doesn't it just disable all plugins to start with? I saw some directions that were telling me to clear out the plugins directory but it looked like Linux directions and the plugins directory under my user subdirectory on Windows was empty.

java.lang.NullPointerException
at java.io.File.]]>(File.java:194)
at com.intellij.openapi.application.PathManager.getHomePath(PathManager.java:83)
at com.intellij.openapi.application.PathManager.getBinPath(PathManager.java:196)
at com.intellij.openapi.application.PathManager.loadProperties(PathManager.java:311)
at com.intellij.ide.plugins.PluginManager.initClassloader(PluginManager.java:24)
at com.intellij.ide.plugins.PluginManager.bootstrap(PluginManager.java:424)
at com.intellij.ide.plugins.PluginManager.main(PluginManager.java:189)
at com.intellij.ide.plugins.PluginManager.main(PluginManager.java:396)
at com.intellij.idea.Main.main(Main.java:4)
at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(NativeMethodAccessorImpl.java:39)
at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:25)
at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:585)
at com.exe4j.runtime.LauncherEngine.launch(Unknown Source)
at com.exe4j.runtime.WinLauncher.main(Unknown Source)

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