No story about backup systems, how you safeguard your files and if restore media is available. The lack of details mean I must offer the safest paths.
1. Clone the old drive to a new drive and boot up the new drive leaving the old drive untouched. No need to write how since that's been done thousands of times. But I'll note I use an external USB case and CLONEZILLA.
2. As to RAM. Your post didn't reveal which Vista. 32 bit version have many (too many?) complain about getting from 2.75GB to 3.5GB (tops) of RAM reporting after an upgrade to 4.0 GB RAM. To curb the calls to support, Microsoft issued a small patch to report BUT NOT USE the additional RAM. Hope you are aware of this before you pay for a so little payback upgrade.
My laptop is running Windows Vista Home Premium and I am researching upgrades to both the hard disc and memory. I have run out of space and the PC is awfully slow.
Currently there is a 120GB HDD with 105GB available to me as the user, and only 521mb open. There is 2GB of memory with a total of two slots available that I intend to upgrade to 4GB (2 x2GB). I believe we are going to purchase a 500GB drive, but I am unsure how to proceed once I have the drive. I would like to copy the current drive including the OS to the new one.
I would appreciate it if somebody would point me in the right direction to prepare for this, so I don't screw everything up.
Thanks in advance!