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Looks like we've been working along similar lines. I like your ^<^> trick for persuading cmd not to treat angle brackets as redirects. Where is that documented? Wherever it is, I am sure to find more tips that will save me time when I next wrestle with cmd's almost-a-parser.
Thanks, KJxp! Just made myself a couple of little .reg files, and they work a treat! sec-tab-on.reg adds the value that turns on the security tab: ---cut--- Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Option] "OptionValue"=dword:00000001 ---cut--- sec-tab-off.reg restores things to the way they were before sec-tab-on.reg was merged: ---cut--- Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Option] ---cut--- My machine (unusually for an XP Home box) is set up with a single Admin user and