Solutions for people wanting to use Unix-like environments under Windows have evolved. Started with Cygwin, it has now progressed to using a port of the Linux kernel to Windows, called coLinux. But now we also have andLinux, which makes it a lot easier to use Linux applications in Windows. I have used Cygwin before and it is usually not a one-time task to get it up and running, hence andLinux sounds very appealing. Of course if you can completely do away with the Windows installation, give the easiest Linux installation a try.