Emboldened by my achievements, I decided to update to IE7 cause I like the whole tab thing and Firefox is for wusses. So I installed SP2 which is needed for IE7, crossed my fingers for the 90 or so minutes it took to install and, hey presto, everything worked. Except for my wireless network. I could detect the networks I just couldn't connect. So I checked all the security from the laptop, reinstalled the drivers and finally reinstalled the card. This last one did the trick and at least with plug and play you can just turn hardware off rather than having to yank it anytime it plays up.