Well, I couldn't resist it, I had to install the stripped down Mint 13 Mate from cd. (Thanks to Gutknecht).
Seems to run ok, but I'm going to up the ram to it's 1GB max to speed it up a little. Only thing is Firefox won't play flash (youtube etc) but that's not a real problem, my mum won't be too interested in that. So finally, thanks one and all.
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Mint 17.1 Cinnamon (laptop), Mint 17.1 XFCE (desktop), Raspbian (Raspberry Pi) Puppy Linux (spare old desktop) Android phone and tablet. I am now completely free of anything Microsoft.