Oh, sorry, I overlooked the hiddenmenu option in your menu.lst file.
OK then - after reboot you should see a black screen with a 2-3 secs countdown. Press Esc key during the countdown and you should be able to see the Grub menu.
Use the down arrow key to navigate to the Win option and press Enter.
That worked! Thanks - I'll uncomment the hiddenmenu option then.
The drive is still broken in Windows, though, but I have managed to find some of the more important stuff in my sent mail folder.
I suppose in the morning I'll try your drive recovery links, save what I can, then reformat the thing.
Thanks a lot, it was a big help.