This is not exactly an installer problem but a "startup"-problem (didn't find anything matching better.)
1. I installed Netbeans 5.5.1 on a Windows 2003 Server-machine as Administrator
2. logged in as normal user
3. Double-click on the Netbeans icon
=> nothinh happens (apart from about 3 seconds of an hourglass cursor)
=> %UserProfile%\.netbeans\5.5.1\var\log\messages.log does not contain anything enlightening
It took me some time to find out:
1. Start nb.exe instead of netbeans.exe in a shell -> you get an Exception message from Java
Reason was a .accessibility.properties file in %UserProfile% that requested an AccessBridge which was not available in
the JDK that I chose for usage together with netbeans.
Suggestion: Bring up some message box when startup fails, maybe with a hint to look into the messages.log file, and put
the exception message into the log-file.
reassigning to core where the netbeans launcher lives.