Was this a brand new download of FFXI, or an old one you had from install disks?
They had to do an update to Playonline to allow it to run on Vista/7/8, and you can download and install this new version and use your disks to install the rest of the game.
____________________________FFXI: Catwho on Bismarck. Once again a top bard on the server: Dardaubla 90 on 1/6/2014
FFXIV: Katarh Mest on Lamia - Member of The Swarm and the League of Extraordinary Crafters
I can't understand anyone who skips the cutscenes of a Final Fantasy game. That's like going to Texas and not getting barbecue.