Thanks sknis. I checked my event log & apparently it is a Windows issue & the culprit is kernelbase.dll as you suggested. There's a lot of info on it out there & a lot of possible fixes but nothing has worked yet. My brand new Windows 8 machine which I bought specifically to run Creator for now is a worthless time waster. Once again, thank you Mr. Gates & family. Seriously, I appreciate your input & hopefully a fix will be found. If anyone out there has a similar problem I'd be interested in comparing notes.