Did he get the disk with the operating system on it?
Put the disk in the drive and set boot sequence to boot from cd/dvd and do a recovery or windows repair.
He got some unmarked disks and I'm not sure yet if the OS is there. I tried to help him at the library and then
with strange timing ( the library's internet server crashed ! ) and I live a long way from him . I'll try to reinstall I
guess , next time I see him. Thanks for the suggestion .