Well, I am sure you could go through the process that you found earlier and locate your files and copy them to a jump drive or cd.
Either way, I would suggest you buya jump drive, wal mart has 8 GB ones for $25 and 16 GB ones for $50, they are good, i have one
But I find it easier to do it this way:
Find a friend with basic computer knowledge.
Remove your hard drive from your computer and hook it up as a secondary or a slave on your friends computer.
Make sure the jumpers are set correctly.
Turn the computer on and allow it to boot into windows.
If you made sure to put it on secondary or a slave it will not boot into your windows, instead it will boot into your friends
Once on the desktop, click "start" than click "my computer"
Under Hard Disk Drives you should see a "Local Disk (C:)" and a different one. If you have a jump drive you may see two more other than the C:, if you are unsure which one is your hard drive just open them up, if there is a windows folder in it than that is your hard drive, if not, than your in your jump drive.
So open up the one that is YOUR HARD DRIVE
Navigate through to the files you want, copy them and paste them onto your thumb drive.
Once all are copied than in the bottom right hand corner you will see a green thing, looks like a arrow, if you click it, a box should open and say "safely remove hardware" click that, than once it says "It is now safe to remove your hardware" or prompts you to remove your hardware, than unplug the jump drive.
Shut down the computer, remove your hard drive from it, than restart the computer to make sure your friends computer is working just fine.
And there you have it, all your files are copied to your jump drive, if the hard drive is not damaged or corrupt you should have no problem doing this.