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In the Java Control Panel (probably in Start -> Programs -> Java -> Configure Java), you can choose "Show Console" in the Advanced tab.
Do you get any messages in that console when you try to start the Applet? "Debugging" has more options.
More information may be helpful in diagnosing the cause of the issue.
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