Perhaps I should have started this thread this morning instead of trying to sort out the problem myself. So, when I tried to answer my googlemail's a blank screen appeared. I tried the usual things, did a virus scan, checked other software. Nothing only no way of answering gmails. As I was planning on refreshing the complete C: partition one of these years, this problem expedited that decision and after reinstalling home windows XP (German Version) gmail worked fine again. Then I went on doing all the other things reinstalling the lot, including the windows updates to find out that the problem had returned. After some evalutation I uninstalled the windows updates and sure enough gmail worked fine again. Familiar problem? Any suggestions to have both the updates and gmail? Has microsoft started the open hostilities with the other software producers, disabling their stuff in winsows?