How do I save my computer files to a disk to transfer to a new computer?

I recently purchased a new desktop computer and I would like to save the files on my old computer which is a HP pavilion mx75 to a disk and transfer it to my new computer. Does anyone know how to save it to a disk? I'm slow on the computer so if you could give me step by step instructions that would be wonderful.
Thank-you
oh yes,, i might want to mention that there is a virus on the old computer which makes it run considerably slow. I let the virus protection program expire.

The first thing you want to do is find media (a disk) that will support what you are trying to copy. If you are copying many files or very large files, it may take a considerable amount of time and effort to copy the files on a floppy disk or CD-ROM. Even with a small number of files, you may be better off e-mailing them to yourself and downloading them from the new computer. You would simply write an e-mail to yourself and click the 'Attach' button. When you open your e-mail on your new computer, you can download them individually to wherever you like.

Because many newer computers don't come with floppy disk drives any longer and your old computer may not have a CD-writer, you may like to invest in what's called a "Flash Drive," a small piece of computer hardware about the size of your thumb. You can usually find a 2-Gigabyte model for less than $10 (see http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8202045&st=flash+drive&type=product&id=1165609745683 for an example) that can hold more than 2,000 times as much as a floppy disks or about 3 CDs worth of information. But the best part is that there is no special software or setup.

With any kind of media, what you will need to do is open "My Computer" by double-clicking the icon on your old computer's desktop. Find the drive that matches the disk you want to copy to, and double-click it. You may be prompted to format the disk first if it is brand-new, which you should follow the prompts to do. Usually you can just click the "Format" button when given the option. Once the disk is ready, you can copy your files to it by right-clicking on the file you want to copy and selecting 'Copy.' Then return to the window for the disk and click Edit from the top menu, then select 'Paste.' You can copy entire folders full of files at once, so do this where you can to save time.

Best of luck to you!

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