I have a system with Windows XP Professional installed. I recently installed an old version of Microsoft Office 2000 Premium and have developed a problem. I noticed that sporadically and for long periods of time I could not copy cells in Excel as I would get strange error messages. I downloaded an open source spreadsheet and then realized the same problemwas sporadically happening to that program thus indicating a Windows XP problem. I have now discovered that simple copies of cells within the spreadsheets are being copied as embedded objects instead of the straight-forward cell copies that should be happening. This happens for say 70% of time I attempt to do copies of cells. Sometimes the problem disappears. At first I thought it was related to having Powerpoint 2000 running in the background as when I closed Powerpoint Excel copies worked as expected for a long period. Now however when I run spreadsheets I run them as the only application running and the problem of copies being copied as embedded objects continues. Using the clipbrd viewer and deleted what is in the clipbrd does not help the problems. Has anyone any thoughts as to the problem and how it could be fixed? A system without realiable copy functionality is virtually worthless.