I'm sure you weren't trying to be disingennuous to Windows
Actually I was... I used to be a "Windows only" kind of guy, used to hate linux, because (to be REALLY honest) its just so damn hard to do anything... I was just a n00b at linux and I hated it. I hated the fact that I was a super-user with Windows but turn on linux and I could barely change the background...
Arrogance. I admit it. Maybe I was afraid, maybe I just didn't want to struggle to get something as simple as write access to my all mighty NTFS partition.
But, one day in May, I formatted an old laptop and installed ONLY linux. I was determined. Windows XP was just killing the poor old pentium with 256MB of RAM. I read a book, Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide (by Machtelt Garrels) its FREE
. It changed my life. It took a while, about 6 months. But I refused to quit. Now I am, I would say, "proficient" in linux. However, you learn pretty quickly that in the linux world you will always be learning. Its not Windows, you wont get to a point when you are bored and looking for a new challenge, there are literally thousands of projects to keep you busy if you want a new challenge. And the stuff out there on the open source market is mind blowing.
Now when I use my work Windows laptop, I feel like I am in a jail. I want to do things far beyond the reach of even Windows command line. I have learned so incredibly much. A presenter from my favorite podcast
asked "just how Free is linux?" and you wont understand what that means until you are comfortable behind a linux machine.
Mounting a linux partition (your raspi SD Card) in Windows:
Even after my rant above, if raspi can encourage it's users to embrace linux, I will help however I can, "3 Ways to Access Your Linux Partitions From Windows"
is a good start. I have used Ext2Fsd
before and it will make your linux partitions look no different then any other native Windows drive.