How to connect a Windows XP computer and a Windows 7 computer for file transfer/networking?

I intend on getting a new computer soon because my current one doesn't boot up completely much any more.

It will do the first two loading screens then go black for almost an hour before it pops open the login screen (sometimes it won't do anything, so I hold the power button down to turn it off).

I would like to connect these two computers so that I can save as much data as I can.

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