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Could you try running 'rtl_test' from the Osmocom RTLSDR library? The output should look something like:

Found 1 device(s):
  0:  Generic RTL2832U OEM

Using device 0: Generic RTL2832U OEM
Found Rafael Micro R820T tuner
Supported gain values (29): 0.0 0.9 1.4 2.7 3.7 7.7 8.7 12.5 14.4 15.7 16.6 19.7 20.7 22.9 25.4 28.0 29.7 32.8 33.8 36.4 37.2 38.6 40.2 42.1 43.4 43.9 44.5 48.0 49.6

Info: This tool will continuously read from the device, and report if
samples get lost. If you observe no further output, everything is fine.

Reading samples in async mode...
lost at least 80 bytes

If you get any '-99' errors or similar I suspect that the driver isn't installed properly or the dongle is not initialising fully. There's a good guide here (start at 8), please note there is a different Zadig version for XP.  It's also worth checking it's plugged into a USB 2.0 port.

The various errors you are getting from my software is all due to the problems communicating with the dongle.  In the first case (before you ran Zadig) it's trying to communicate with a server as it can't find any dongles.  Further down you mention it hangs, this is because it's getting no data from the dongle.

Personally I'd ignore XPMCE for the moment and concentrate on Windows 7.  If you have no luck with this try installing the software that came with you dongle and see if you can tune into an FM radio station (or digital TV, DVB-T, for most countries outside the USA, China or South America), if this doesn't work the dongle may be faulty.  A few times when I've plugged my R802T dongle into my Windows 7 machine it's complained that it will run faster if I plug it into a USB 2.0 port, I've just unplugged it for at least 10 seconds and plugged it back in to get it to work.

Good luck!