Arduino software Does NOT like Skype

Has anyone come across the issue of Arduino software, clashing with Skype on XP (32 bit) ? I've noticed that since installing the software on XP, I get randomly logged out of my Skype account for no apparent reason .

The drivers do not appear to work for XP either but that is an older problem which nobody seems to be able to resolve.

The problem DOES NOT happen on Windows 7 at all and I can program on that, compile and upload with no problems at all. The drivers also work on Windows 7 with no problems. they do not with XP at all though

Well, the solution seems pretty clear then....