It’s a laptop with Win10 already installed on it, so if I were to go that route, I’d have to create an ext3 partition on an NTFS drive to play with distros, only to remove it later when I commit to one.
Or, I can just run off a USB, reformat as necessary when I try other distros, then reformat the hd and install it all at once.
For me, that latter is less of a hassle. I’ve booted off a USB before, but I don’t know if partitioning would work. I was planning to use Rufus, and am guessing I would also need to have a boot menu on the USB in order to partition and choose which distro/DE to boot. I don’t think Rufus does this and I’m not savvy enough (yet) to make it myself.
Which I guess brings me to my original question, if I just have the XFCE spin, can I just switch it over to E after it boots and it will give me an accurate comparison of system resources?