ok here is the hort of it
have a xp laptop and it fell and screen is shot cant read anything I want to transfer files to another lapto but it is vista i due have a Cat 5 line ima novice at best at this stuff
does the xp laptop has file sharing enabled?
try in run --> \\ipaddress_of_your_xp_laptop
and see if it can see any share
your laptop probably has a multiply display capability, use it first by plugging a monitor