What I have:
A failing laptop with Windows 7 installed on the internal HDD
A computer with Ubuntu currently installed on the internal HDD (it's free!)
An enclosure and USB cable for the laptop hard drive
What I'm trying/want to do:
Put the laptop HDD in the enclosure, connect via USB to the desktop, boot Windows 7 on the desktop from the enclosure and use all the currently installed programs on the laptop HDD with their current settings.
With the HDD in the enclosure and connected to the desktop, I power up the desktop. Going straight to the boot menu, I select the new option which is labelled something like "USB-HDD0". "Starting Windows" appears as expected, followed after a bit by the logo, but then the desktop restarts before reaching anything the blue patterned default screen before login options.
When I replace the laptop HDD back into the laptop and boot, everything still works fine.
Windows Startup Repair cannot find a problem (big surprise!)
If possible I'd like to avoid the hassle of clean installs etc.
Thanks for your help!