You can always install Linux. That'll give you better security then taking your XP box off-line and transferring data with a flash drive.
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
in terminal. GParted isn't automatically installed on Ubuntu, you have to install it from the repository. Use the "Add/Remove Software" utility to search for it, and install for it.
Windows is far from easy to use too. The only idiot proof OS is Mac.
The rate at which a disease spreads through a corn field is a precise measurement of the speed of blight.