Thanks for the referenced link . . . my XP PC won't power up so assume I can't use the recovery disk. If or when I can get it up, I can copy the files out of the Briefcase and update the files at that time.
I used Easy Transfer and have a mirror image of my XP operating system on another external hard drive so data currency is my only problem and that's not major. I've already started to use Windows 7 and see I've got to upgrade my familiarity with Word and Outlook changes from 2003 versions. Should be fun as there seem to be more advanced options.
Outlook presents a minor challenge in that my .pst files were in a different location than normal and each file has different message timeframes meaning the briefcase has the latest while my transfer only goes to 2 March but I can live with that.
Appreciate the quick response . . . I'm good with what you provided. Assume using the Paragon Rescue Kit for Backup of Windows 7 is a good idea, right?