I've finally worked out whats up with the laptop. Windows uses 'profiles' - to stop people adjusting
I also have the other machine imaging - after my image software didn't pick up the network card I had to be creative. I used Knoppix to get access to the computer without touching the drive and used the unix program dd to create the image which I'm 'Piping' through a compression program which is then 'piped' to a file on the webserver (only one I have ssh running on). My image program does roughly the same except it uses ftp (need to work out how that works). The only think I can say here is 'thanks for the unix boot cd and the unix ability to pipe'.
Evening in tonight, fry up and then I may do some cleaning or just sit around enjoying the peace - not sure if I'll be online but most people have been offline/away when I've been on lately so I doubt it'll be noticed.