2 to 3 years old - obselete ? ? ? Just trying to get you to buy more stuff - shocking.
To tranfer video you need a prog that allows capture ( the free windows video editor can do) - then you plug the cam into the pc with FIREWIRE not usb.
And all should be well.
Obeselete - that is really bad - mu oldest cam is first gen dv and must be 10 years old and I use it nearly every day - tut.