Thanks for that .I have relayed to him will walk over to see how he got on.
Though I recalled later how get bios and set the first boot device,it isamazing how much I had forgotten since dumping Windows in favour of Ubuntu about year ago.
You say the disk is formatted yet the message displayed is "NTLDR is missing." This would indicate that an OS is being looked for and a pre Vista one at that, XP was the last OS to use NTLDR as a loder, Windows Vista and 7 use bootmgr.
Reformat the disk and make sure the DVD is first boot device.
The machine has both CD and DVD drives the bios however only says boot from CD-so preumably the board is not DVD compliant
It has the uptionto boot via USB devices,so I have given him my IDE/USB cable to try to see if that is a way in.
I have also suggested he reinstals XP-on CD- then run the Win 7 discas an upgrade- we shall see tomorrow.