"Blue Screen of Death", How do I get past it?

Dell Precision 370 minitower running Win XP. Had a hardware issue, now it's an operating system problem. Computer starts-up fine but after a few minutes, I get 'the blue screen'. How can I run Win XP and transfer my C drive files onto an external HD without reformatting my internal HD? I have the original dics that came with the computer. Any ideas or suggestions?

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Clarification Request
So, your basic question is

How to transfer files from Windows to an external HDD?
Any Linux live disk/usb will let you do that.
It's pretty easy actually.

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And to add to itsdigger's answer, here's a decade old tip
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Run Win XP from a CD/DVD instead of internal HD

Sorry my first post was not a clear as it should of been. My ultimate goal is to get my project files from my Dell Precision 370 minitower and transfer them to an external drive. I am not able to use the loaded OS as I have received the blue error screen. I want (if possible) to start-up and run the computer long enough to allow this transfer using ONLY a CD/DVD to act as my OS instead of the installed OS on my internal HD. After that, I will re-install a new Win XP OS and over-right the C drive. In the mean time, I will take the advice of R. Proffitt and create and use the disc that was recommended.
Still open to suggestions...

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While not as versatile there's Mini XP.

Post was last edited on January 16, 2017 9:59 AM PST

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