You can also go the LTS route. Microsoft has ISO's for Long Term Service, which do not include apps like Paint 3D, new calculator, store, xbox overlay, Edge etc.
updates will mostly only be security updates and features only roll around once every three years. Problem is that it's meant for enterprise applications and not home use, so you'll have to find the ISO yourself. This still keeps minimal telemetry unlike ShutUp10, Blaackbird and W4RH4WK, but it's ready to roar out of the box with a simple visit to Ninite and your graphics card vendor's site.
I would recommend Linux Mint as an ItJustWorks™ solution, but I had and still have issues with mouse sensitivity on Linux, where flat acceleration profiles still lead to inconsistent mouse behavior (pointer appearing on different points on screen despite moving from edge to edge on mousepad). Though I couldn't find anyone else with this issue, so it's very possible it's a me problem.
Plus it's possible to just reserve like forty/fifty gigs to Linux, get TF on that and give it a go, and if you don't like it, just delete the partitions and extend the Windows one again.
edit: at least with pop!, since it makes its own EFI partition. just realized some distros override Windows' EFI partition with Grub or something, so be careful regarding that.