Well, heres the update. After a bit I was suspicious about the computer not reading the cd-rom drive. So with the advice of a few very helpful people I went to download the xp boot floppys.
My own computer seems to have a problem with the floppy drive, maybe when I cleaned it something came loose, Ill check that tonight.
I copied the 6 discs onto floppys at work and proceeded to using them last night, everything was fine until it got to disc 5, then I got an error. ( at what point would I insert the cd-rom disc) or do I at all?
Seems like after the bomb after disk 5 the computer keeps shutting itself down when I try to turn it on.
Was going to try a different site for downloading all the disks today, although I cant really imagine that anything would have been wrong with the downloads from bootdisk.com.
Kinda back to square 1 again.