Hi whs and Deacon Frost,
@ Deacon Frost: I appreciate your information.
Yes ... it is a USB keyboard
@ whs: Not a Dell ... it is an HP Pavilion.
Tapping the 'esc' key during startup did the trick. Thanks for the tip.
I don't really need to get into the Start Menu right now but I just like to learn as much about the computer as I can ... just in case something ever does happen.
Since I know how to get into the Startup menu now I will just let the time the message stays on the screen the way it is.
Thank you both for helping me. This forum is a God-send!
Thanks and regards,