SSH comes standard for any Linux Distribution, but it has been challenging to find a command line SSH client that is not Putty and is not from the cygwin distribution for Windows (XP). That is to say, I just want to fire up a command window prompt and use ssh with the same options as on linux. Well, I found free ssh client which is part of cwRsync. Just unzip it and put it into a directory and for good measure make sure that that path is in your environment path like so:
Right-click on my computer, go to Advanced ->Environment Variables -> System variables -> Path
Now you can do ssh from the command line on XP as easily as Linux.
http://freessh.org/ also has a great list of free and pay ssh clients.