It takes balls for someone like me to visit a group like this, but you
seem to be on the right track. But I have something a *little* more
high-end in mind than a "bootdisk." Knoppix has a thing to access NTFS
partitions (most WinXP partitions are NTFS) in read/write, so I've
heard. I have no NTFS partitions to test it on though. The software
included is called "captive ntfs." check out http://www.yqcomputer.com/
download. It runs right off the cd, so no need to worry about losing
data on hard drive.