ADE does not usually work well on XP; especially pre SP3 versions. (It isn't even meant to on the earlier versions).
Install v1.7.2 instead.
Version 1.7.2, it is a little difficult to find, available on Adobe site for Windows and for Mac.
The forum software is sometimes corrupting the link above. There shouldn't be a blank in 'editio ns.html'. The following redirects to the same page: http://tinyurl.com/diged172
Able to download 1.7 version but now I ge this message E_ADEPT_IO ActivationServiceInfo Error%20#2032