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Access Recovery Console during XP Install

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Yesterday my copy of XP failed to reach the login screen (it would freeze just before).  Therefore I started an in-place of Windows XP SP2.  The installation advanced past entering the product key and then failed.  In reading the setupapi.log, it appears there is a permission issue with the current registry causing the install to continually fail.

Since the install is so far along, I am no longer able to access the Recovery Console.  I know how to restore the default registry hives, boot windows, then restore my original registry files and do a system restore.  However I cannot get access to the Recovery Console to do so.  I was able to remove the XP disk to cause the install to halt then do a SHIFT F10 to get a Command Prompt, but when I try to backup the existing hives and / or restore the original ones, I receive a message a process is already using them.

How can I boot XP to go directly to the Recovery Console before the setup starts so I can get access to them before setup does?

Thanks in advance.  BTW, a complete format is not really an option as there is data on the drive I cannot lose nor do I have the time to reinstall dozen of software programs.
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