I guess this occured when my computer was in for repair months and months ago.
I want to take control of a folder (to change its attributes), and to do this I need to boot the computer in safe mode. When I hit "F8" after the POST, I go into the normal mode. So, I thought I would boot from the WinXP CD.
Problem: when I put in the WinXP (home) CD, the computer boot up in normal mode.......... There is no choice to made.
I can't get into safe mode running configsys as there is no 'boot.ini" tab. (the file boot.ini does exist)
The one thing I will not do is reformat the drive and reinstall WinXP (assuming I can install from the CD) as, apart from not removing the 'read only' attribute from this particular folder, everything else seems OK.
thnks for reading this. I hope it makes sense.