Free Data Transfer Tool for Windows XP user Migrating to Windows 7 and 8.1
For XP users, use the following free tool:
Copying your Files to an External Hard Drive
Press [Windows] and [e] and then aero snap to the left [Windows] and [←], navigate to C:\Users and select the folder with your username.
Insert your external hard drive and press [Windows] and [e] and then aero snap to the left [Windows] and [→]. Open the location you want to make your backup.
Drag and drop all the files to the external hard drive.
The files should now all be copied over.
Hint for best results copy the files to multiple external hard drives.