Thanks for the comments and suggestions - really appreciated.
A bit of background - I use two computers - I use a Mac for work, email, word processing, website work etc - what ever - just prefer the workflow available via mac natively, and currently consider Apple “less” evil than Microsoft - perhaps a wolf in sheeps clothing - who knows.
The PC (where I want to install Qubes) is currently running Windows 10 ioT Enterprise 2019 LTSC - a Windows build that we use for a digital signage product we manufacture - have it installed on the PC to muck with, and deploy images and generally remind myself that I really don’t like Windows at all - lest we forget the tune that XP used to play on start up - still gives me the shivers.
Have tried playing with several virtual systems on top of Windows - long story short - it is still on top of Windows.
I know little about Linux and the various distributions (never used), but do want to learn. Most importantly the security focus is paramount - the tracking does my head in. We are living in a world run by evil voyeuristic nutbars hell bent on destruction and enslavement - but I firmly believe that this horrendous phase of humanity being dictated by a infinitesimally small group of parasites, who create nothing but misery, will end - and it will be glorious.
Only yesterday, I came across Qubes and really liked the concept, so decided to install it with a view of deleting the native install of Windows 10 and sticking with Qubes only. I just need to make sure it is not too far out of my knowledge base - but only one way to learn and that is to just do it. It is great to see such a thoughtful forum response so quickly - again much appreciated.
So as was guessed above, my plan is to set it up under a dual boot scenario to start, learn Qubes, then delete windows, as will install Windows as a virtual machine option in Qubes to see how works - just need to make sure that can do the minimal things I do need to sometimes.
Clearly I have really fallen behind on security risks - right down to the BIOS firmware. You guys obviously see the threat reality and know it well, and how bad it has become - as an aside, the PC I built (and Mac as it is a Mini) along with monitor (LG Ultra Wide thing) all have no cameras and no mic as far as I am aware - and purposefully selected for such.
I have deleted the NTFS section on my spare SSD and will let you guys know how things go if interested.
Looking forward to learning this! One day, I would like to think that I will be able to contribute in some way, but I am not an IT guy at all (sales & marketing is my background)
Anyway, a great concept - will done to whoever thought of it, but an ideas is nothing without the hard slog of all those that have made it a reality - so well done to all - and the user community that helps others - love it.