That should work - however..... this is the way I do it and recommend - the reasons r explained. Initially slightly more thought but long term advantages r big.
Set up 2 partitions C: & D: - Mine is set up as 80GB for C: and 387GB for D: but I have programs installed on D: and I also have a lot of them so 80GB will probably work for u to.
(that is what is left on a 500GB drive so I can transfer this system easily to a 1TB or 1.5TB or 2TB etc. with an image.) I even transferred it to a 256GB SSD drive by copying key folders to D: (Program Files, Users (without all the docs of course.)
I would recommend 120GB for C: and u can install all ur programs on C:
install the OS and sign in with acct named "Admin". Set a p/w. If u don't need to keep ppl out use a single character around the enter key. see reason below.
run the following by copy/paste to a .REG file
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
This will set the profile directory = D:\Users and the public profile = D:\Users\Public
The purpose of this is to make doing a clean reinstall a lot less painful and making disk imaging a lot quicker.
Any user created will now reside on the D: drive. When us do a clean reinstall the u can delete the system reserve and C: partition, reinstall and all ur data (ur whole profile) is still intact on the D: drive.NOTE: U CAN'T REINSTALL FROM THE RECOVERY PARTITION AS THIS WILL DELETE THE D: DRIVE
Create a user for urself and set as standard: NOTE: If u need a password to keep ppl off ur computer then this will not work b/c u will have to set a good p/w for the admin. As a std user u will have to enter that every time u want to do an admin function. In that case make ur user an admin and be more vigilant. I use a single character p/w b/c no one has access that I need to exclude.
I go a step further and install all my programs on the D: partition, because when I reinstall them I can be sure I put them in the same path so no links are broken and my profile works fine, but this takes vigilance to keep it together. Otherwise, always install in the default locations.
Once done get Macrium Reflect Free. I tried a number of image programs and found this one the easiest and fastest to use.
U now have a cleaner system with extra AV protection (std user) and one u can reimage or transfer easily.