I am in the process of upgrading my computers hardware. One of the things I will be upgrading is the ram (from 2GB to 8GB). While researching I found that a 64bit version of Windows will be needed if I want all 8GB of RAM to be used. I know I will have to uninstall Windows and install it again but I want to keep all my files and programs. Is there anyway of keeping the files? Will making a backup work or will I have to move the files onto an external hardrive manually?
You could use the windows migration tool.
Also having a copy/backup of files that you need would not be a bad idea. Just make sure that windows BitLocker encryption is off otherwise those files may not be usable on another system
I have one last inquiry. My computer has 2 hard drives. The "D" drive and the "C" drive. The "D" drive has all the files (Personal files and Windows) on it, while the "C" drive is completely free. If I were to backup the "D" drive onto the "C" drive will it still be there after I reinstall Windows? And could I use that backup to restore my files?