|You say win.com is there. Is that because you did a search and found it or are you just assuming it's there because it boots to safe mode? The win.com windows uses needs to be in the C:\WINDOWS directory.|
Go ahead and use a new win.com as Derek suggests even if the file is already there in the windows directory. It may be corrupted.
If that doesn't do it, then run MSCONFIG in safe mode and take a look at your autoexec.bat file (if it exists). If it has a line starting with PATH post back what it says in that line.
I seem to recall a similar problem years ago where changing the boot order fixed it. It may have just been that that change altered the hard drive spin up time. But anyway, go into cmos/bios setup. If the hard drive is the first boot device, change it to the second and make the floppy or cdrom the first device. If it's NOT the first boot device then make it first. Save changes and exit setup. See if that change makes any difference.
Edit Oh, another thing, run SCANDISK from safe mode and see if it finds any problems.
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