Thank-you very much for both your inputs on the matter. I really do appreciate the time you took for those replies!
I will get back to both on you when I have tried possibly both solutions.
Actually I am running windows xbmc for my steam apps.
the live os is for my living room. Sorry for the confusion.
On a seperate matter, (sorry if this has been done before), here is how I got Google Chrome to launch, shown as a file launcher below:
Launching chrome as a stand-alone executable will not load it's homepage. It will load it's file index, which looks nasty.
instead, get it to load your favourite websites by selecting chrome as a file launcher. you can then select its rom patch as a folder with pre-made web shortcuts.
you'd think you could just save your bookmarks (.url) but this will not work, as they are simply text shortcut files. instead, open notepad and make a html re-direct file.
[HTML]<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<meta http-equiv="REFRESH" content="0;url=http://www.google.co.uk"></HEAD>
by saving individual html re-direct files, you can then select chrome.exe as the launcher, and .html files as it's files, which will load the file, then immediately re-direct to the selected favourite.
here is how it appears in launchers.xml: