While there is the boot off the XP CD and commands to manipulate the boot.ini I rarely used that. What did I do? I booted a LINUX CD and ran that from CD without installing. I also didn't "learn linux" but clicked around to browse the C drive and edit the boot.ini.
With boot.ini in the editor I could duplicate the line that had the /safemode switch and make a copy without that for testing.
working on XP Pro problem, will only boot in safe mode, and now I got the boot.ini to ALWAYS boot into safe mode with command prompt. How can I re-write boot.ini to work normally from inside the command prompt of safe mode?