Hi jenae, sorry for the delayed response, ...Christmas getting in the way again!
Wow!, ...Thanks for making me feel better about my own paranoia, I'm gratified to feel that I'm not quite yet a practicing member of the tin-foil hat brigade!!
I've been using a Vista 32bit desktop for the last 10 years and now the old dog is on it's last legs, I've been forced to upgrade!
I now have two Win10 machines:
One is like yours, a gaming machine, Medion Erazer X6823 Notebook (MD 98254)
It has an Intel® Core ™ i7-3630QM processor, 16Gb RAM, 750GB HDD + 128GB SSD, GTX 670MX + NVidia Optimus, 15.6 "Full HD screen and a Blu-Ray drive.
I bought it two years ago as a used machine running Windows 8 and I upgraded to 8.1 and subsequently to Win10 home, ...but continued using The Vista machine until support ended, and beyond!
In truth I'm not a gamer and it is far more powerful than I would ever require, but it was my "gateway" to Windows 10.
In the meantime, I also built an Intel NUC6i5SYH running an i5 Skylake CPU with 8GB RAM and installed Win10 Pro, intending that to be my main "fixed" machine.
The Intel Communities website were most helpful and gave me similarly "extreme" instructions in the event that I wished to totally lock down my machine.
Good advice it may be but I feel you would the need to be a far more accomplished user than I to initially achieve that degree of security, and also to be able to accomplish much with the machine afterwards!!
My post was prompted by my shock when I discovered that both machines seem to be set to store EVERYTHING on the "C:" drive, which in both cases are the smaller solid state drives.
This I feel is a waste of expensive "real estate" but in attempting to seek the correct way to re-direct these files to the larger installed HDD/SSHD's led me into deeper water than my poor brain is capable of dealing with!
I would be most grateful for reliable instruction on how to achieve what I've come to understand (rightly or wrongly!) are now known as moving "The Libraries", so that all that resides on the "C:" drive is the O.S., and any intransigent programmes which refuse to be directed to the SSHD.
All else would then be assigned to the SSHD and importantly would be easily retrievable by the O.S.
ie. achieved without "breaking the system!"
The information I came across whilst seeking the answer to this problem side-tracked me into the realms of cybersecurity, which I am also in need of advice upon, albeit just concerning the enabling/disabling of the standard Microsoft provided functions.
Rightly or wrongly, I feel reasonably confident that together with a modicum of common sense, MS Elements will protect me during day to day use but I wonder what experience others have had regarding the use of IBM Trusteer "Rapport"?
This was offered to me way, way back when it was an Israeli product, and since my Bank offered it, I felt obliged to install it on my 32bit Vista machine with 2GB of RAM!
suffice it to say, it may have been cheaper for me to visit Tel Aviv than endure all the remote sessions it took to wrestle back control of my machine!
It was an experience I would not wish to endure again, and I particularly don't want to give away any of the lightning speed I'm now enjoying after Vista!
I suspect that the increased RAM I now have would likely cope with this without me noticing but I would be grateful for the experience of others before installing it since it hooks so deeply into the system it is almost easier to do a re-install than to attempt to remove it!!