i will ask again because i think my last question wasnt clear. i have installed sqlServer 2000(developer) on xp. when i add a new table (in new database) a blank form is opened so i can add the new columns to the table. but in that form nothing reacts! i mean i click the mouse to open/create a new column but nothing - i dont even get text cursor. all i see is a palid gray box in the first cell of the first row of this form. i am the administrator on my computer so i dont think it is a security isue. help!!!!