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Right. To mount your Windows drive:
Login as root. Open the file /etc/fstab in a text editor.
Add a line like this:
/dev/hdxx /mnt/windows vfat/ntfs all,rw 0 0
hdxx: Hard drive number
vfat if it's FAT32, ntfs if it's NTFS
Then open a terminal (Gnome: right click and select new terminal option, KDE: find terminal in the menu, or it might be on your panel)
Then you should be able to access the files from /mnt/windows
MS Word, Excel: Open Office or KOffice. IMO OpenOffice is better. If you need professional looking documents, then use LaTeX instead of Word. If you want to do this, also check out Lyx which is a LaTeX editor.
Outlook Express: Tut tut tut. You shouldn't really be using this on Windows, because (a) It has massive security holes and (b) The best open source browsers are available on Windows. They are: Mozilla (if you want integrated mail & browser) and Firebird & Thunderbird (browser and mail program respectively) if you want very fast flexible, but non-integrated browser and mail program.
Hope this helps,
The whole MS Office suite can be replaced by either KOffice or StarOffice/OpenOffice.org. They have appropriate components. Maximum compatibility with MS Office formats is provided by the StarOffice/OpenOffice.org team. Only Outlook needs to be replaced by Ximian's (now Novel's Evolution. Search in freshmeat for programms that will import your mailbox from outlook to evolution.
What is your distibution? In some distros, your windows files are automatically accessible (if you know where to look).
There is a file and directory program I use (would not be without it!) called Midnight Commander.
GNU Midnight Commander 4.6.0
The rpm package might be called "mc4-6-0-bla-bla-bla.... or something similar.
"mc" is the way it is invoked from the command line.
Open a "console" or "terminal" and clicking on "Session" will get you a dropdown (drop-up?) menu with some choices!
I do several things: Boot up and sign in as "username." NEVER operate as "root.' "
You "can " su to "root" as needed, or as below.
0) KDE is MY preferred desktop.
1) Move TASKBAR to the top of my screen.
2) Configure 16 windows.
3) Open "Console" in window #9. (1st Session opened in "username", don't start system as "root.")
4) Open Session #2 as "username" in Midnight Commander.
5) Open Session #3 as "root" Console.
6) Open Session #4 as "root Midnight Commander."
AGAIN! DO NOT OPERATE AS ROOT unless you absolutely have to!
Usually in Session #1 above I will do a "ps aux" which gives an overview of what the system is doing, and is usually the first place I look when something seems not quite right.