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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.
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.
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.