|To my surprise, I can connect reliably from the XP Home laptop to the media centre. I can call up eg a BBC "play it again" programme and start it running, and watch the progress bar. When I close the remote desktop, I get a message to say that the programmes I started will carry on running. So far so good.|
Following good advice, I have activated the appropriate tickbox on the laptop, and I am now in the happy position of being able to play BBC links, CDs and mp3s remotely.
My only remaining problem comes if I relinquish the link. The BBC site continues to play, as I want it to, but the mp3s and CDs stop playing. I suspect that this is just something that I shall have to live with, but any suggestions would be welcome.