|I think I'd install Ubuntu in a virtual machine. That way you can have them both up at the same time. If it is that dell it is well powerful enough for a VM.|
While it might be that on some filesystems you could read and maybe write (normally you should not do) it would not be possible to execute most commands unless you also installed Services for Unix 3.5 on Windows 7. Even then it would support only very limited command line tasks. If you want you might see about MKS toolkit or whatever they call it now.
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