Interesting developement, the machine is an Acer Aspire One mini with an SSD. I have been using the factory XP restore disks, I have a copy of XP that was used on a no defunct machine, I just tried to load it and got an odd message. PXE-MOF exit CD, wonder why it is being blocked from loading.
EDIT: Ok I let the system load, oddly enough the XP load applet apeared with a message.
Setup cannot continue because upgrade functionality is disabled and your copy of XP only allows upgrades. New one on me!
MY BAD just looked it is an upgrade disk I used to bump 98, will have to buy a full XP disk.
Edited by OldPhil, 04 December 2013 - 12:09 PM.