Everything ran fine until I tried to make a new project. I went to the last step, following Admin's dirtctions perfectly, but when I clicked "finish" it crashed. No joke.
That happens to me every now and again, i have not been able to isolate the problem but i have found closing AVRstudion and re opening the program fixes the problem.
I have the same version as listed on the $50 robot page and it is all good and as far as i am aware it won't help yg to ou at the moment as you are just starting to program.
As far as i am concened you should go about fixing Avr studio and getting it to work on your computer as even if you get the newer version you may still have the same problem.
If re opening the program does not work try re installing the current version that you have, this will simply fix what is wrong with the program(if anything is wrong with the program).
Good luck, if your haveing trouble just post for help.