Dear Soadyheid, Yancek & jross
Thank you for your help. Yes I have downloaded it and have tried it and like it. I can get to the manual for the 1.0.8 Linux Lite from the 8GB USB flash drive but I can not copy it from there as the printer is not installed to it. I cannot email it from there. I want a hard copy so I can follow all the quite complicated instructions for what I need to do. When I tried to get to the install manual with XP the manual and install info was for the new 2.0.0 Linux Lite or the 1.0.6 from https://www.linuxliteos.com/manual/install.html
I have a great deal of data and email[Outlook Express 6] all backed up with Acronis True Image 8 and Second Copy. Both are windows programs and I do not know if I can transfer these to Linux successfully and I must have these! Therefore I am reluctant to wipe the XP on this desktop.
I Have 3 seperate Disks installed on my desktop.
Disk 1: Active primary C: 80 GB with XP Pro OS
Disk 2: Logical D: 160GB All my Data
Disk 3: 1 Tredabyte, split into 2 Logical Drives. Images and Backups
So I have plenty of room for the Linux but am afraid to mess up XP on this desktop and loose all my personal data and specially my email. Once I try everything out and it works, [main concern is the data & email transfer] I will install the Linux to the desktop.
For now, I will install the Linux to my old Laptop [Compaq Presario 2700 series 2003] which only has a 30 GB hard drive, it meets the system requirements. But it wont boot to the USB flash drive as it does not recognize it in the Phonix Bios boot section as a Hard drive. I have the USB enabled in the main menu of the bios. The drive shows up in My Computer, and the files are there, also is listed under the hard drives in System Properties. But it will not boot to it. I have changed the boot sequence It does boot to my desktop. The laptop has minimum data on it, so I can wipe that. So my personal data and emails would all be on another computer.
What Linux programs would I need to successfully transfer my files and emails? Be able to access them during this transition period and when I make the big step and put it all on my more powerful desktop?
Thank you again, hopefully you can give me some suggestions and direct me to the right sources. Judles