.as mentioned previously..one soution is to have 'remote control' installed on both computers.. the ones in order of preference are PCanywhere(Norton)® , CarbonCopy(Altiris)®.. ..I have only seen CarbonCopy in use and it was straightforward&effecient.
Also I have been informed by a programmer friend that Windows-XP has Remote control support.. all one needs is a hotmail address and MSN. .. Win-XP is cheaper than either PCanywhere or CarbonCopy.
[ Scouse .. I think you said you had XP already.. so you are already setup for this !]
I would suggest that if you want Scouse to answer this in person either contact him direct on the yellow envelope next to his name or title your thread FAO scouse. Unfortunatly I cannot help with your question as I don't know the background/origanal question.