I recently installed Qgis on a Win XP PC. All seems fine. I went to install the Openlayers plugin using http://build.sourcepole.ch/qgis/plugins.xml and I get and error saying the plugins directory doesn't exist. The error reports the location as: C:/Documents and Settings/osc/.qgis//python/plugins The plugins directory does exist but the path displayed in the error seems to have one too many forward slashes - i.e. '.qgis//'.
I've successfully used the plugin installer for the Openlayers plugin many times on Linux so is there something special about Win XP to consider?