Bugger it. I reinstalled XP. Now the kids and wife are happy and they can play games again and I can VPN into the office and see mail server and other servers.
A shame as I liked it but I dont have time to iron out the quirks and I cant be without VPN while that bug is squashed...
I am liking the look of OS X Leopard, though. A colleague has it installed and I can see it in my future.
I DO like Office 2007 though. I think the ribbon is a winner.