Startup error is now gone. I had deleted the .dat file several times along the process to see if it would help clear it up but i did do it again.
I did apply the templates no problem however in the last cart I made within the site it had a specific style and colours with the buttons etc. that I wanted to copy. I was hoping i could have pulled this colour scheme somehow.
As for the testing server I do not have a eunning test server on my desktoop so I don't beleive I can run the testing server on my route folder. i was going to install it but our IT departmetn feels that is could open up secutrity issues withi the network. :(
Thanks again. I'll try and see if i can get a little further now.