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#1 dontknowitall

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:55 PM

Hey guys.

If I have a non booting Windows 7 (black screen, white mouse) could I install Windows to another HDD, then copy the registry, documents and program files (from the old HDD) to the new copy of windows and POSSIBLY have it boot with working programs from before? Thank you.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:03 PM

You cannot transfer the registry or programs, but if you can somehow access the data files they can be copied and moved. However, if you're booting to a black screen I'm not sure how you can access anything.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:12 PM

making the HDD external give me access to the registry the files, the docs.

I was going to copy system32/config to the new install of windows as well as the program files,

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:00 PM

I see. Just copy the data file.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:44 AM

You would be better served tapping f8 before the 'starting windows' screen and going to 'Repair My Computer' and using a restore point OR
by booting a Windows 7 repair disc and attempting a system restore point.

I have done it your suggested way once and it was very ugly.




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