We’re all aware that Linux system files can’t be viewed through Windows. But with the current distro’s of Linux now, you have the ability to view and navigate all the files and folder on your windows partition without having any technical issues.

After setting up my Old PC for Linux Mint, I had a hard time dealing with my files that were saved in Linux if I booted my PC in XP. I have to restart my computer back to Linux then copy the file to Windows partition, a very tedious and irritating task. Of course, I can’t do it all of the time. And that is why it’s good to know that there is a free ware for Windows that allows you to view and open files in Linux partition. Hooray! thanks to the developer.

The freeware is called DiskInternals Linux Reader. It is not a driver nor it does not integrate with your Windows Explorer. It is a complete viewer of ext2/ext3 of Linux from Windows and it resembles the look of the native Windows Explorer. Saving on that partition is prohibited to ensure Linux’s stability. But why did I say that you can open the file too? Well basically, you can actually copy the file from the viewer and paste it in your Windows partition, that simple. You don’t have to worry putting it back coz Linux can read your Windows partition.

If you would like to try Linux, I suggest to download Linux Mint or Ubuntu 7.1. Those are the two distro’s (as of the moment) that I feel very comfortable for new Linux users. And If you want to know why Ubuntu is hot? Check it here.


I just found a much better free ware that  provides Windows NT4.0/2000/XP/2003 with full access to Linux Ext2 volumes (read access and write access, Now this is REAL!). This may be useful if you have installed both Windows and Linux as a dual boot environment on your computer. It works and can be accessed with your native Windows Explorer. Highly Recommended!

Download: Ext2 IFS for Windows


  1. 1
    March 1st, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Maybe helpful someday
    Hope it works!

  2. 2
    Junior Mayhe
    January 8th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    google for Diskinternals Linux Reader

  3. 3
    April 2nd, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    it’s helpful for sure , but i had used three programs without benefit it show the partitions but i can’t access to the files and folders i use Ext2 IFS when i double click on the Linux partition windows ask to format the partition my windows is xp sp 3 my Linux ix mandriva any suggestions for this issue please

  4. 4
    July 7th, 2009 at 4:40 am

    I’m going to stay hidden and the disk internals can’t open my C:\ drive on my Windows XP for a Linux program.

  5. 5
    August 8th, 2009 at 6:08 am

    I want to open a Linux spreadsheet file in windows (XP or Vista), I have saved the file(in pen drive) in Linux and when tried to open it(pen drive) in Windows (Xp or Vista) it does not even show the file. How do I open a Linux file in Windoes ? Please suggest ?

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