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edit: Please note that I did not link you to an executable. This is because, in my not at all humble opinion, you should be free to look around at the website and decide for yourself, rather than find yourself downloading an executable just because you clicked on a link.
Personally, I am more than just a little bit annoyed when I click on a link and get an executable shipped to me.
That said, I will tell you that this file system is hands down the best solution to accessing Linux partitions from Windows since it installs the filesystem and allows you to assign drive letters to linux partitions, just like NTFS or FAT partitions.
I would suggest that you mount your XP partition from Linux (if you still have it) and copy the files to your windows directory. If you didn't explicitly format your windows partition as FAT32, you would need ntfs-3g for writing to NTFS.
I use Firefox for Linux and M$. Both give you the option to save or open before any download is allowed. That is the default for FF. I'm not sure which browser you are using. But that is not the norm for files to be downloaded without permission for most browsers.
I've tried the fs-drive.org link that was posted above.
It downloaded and installed OK, I rebooted my machine and could see the ext3 partitions in "My Computer", but if I try to go into one of those drives I'm prompted with "drive not formatted, would you like to format now?"
If I go into Control panel and look at the settings, the drives show up with their correct capacity and so forth, yet the system somehow thinks they are unformatted
The Ext2fs driver doesn't work for 256 byte inodes (which is now the default on ext3); if you've "recently" made your file systems you might have that problem. I don't know whether Linux reader has the problem, haven't tried it.