thanks for your post and your help. to be honest, i cannot remember if i created that or not. i am quite sure i followed the instructions out of the box. but now, i am not sure if that was part of the instructions. and i am looking for that box and cannot find what HP sent me.
is there a way to tell? (other than relying on my memory?)
sorry and thanks
ps...as far as the last item on your post, do you mean if i can boot into safe mode, now, WITHOUT the created recovery cd, or just bein gable to get into safe mode in general?