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(FUSE) Preferably without admin rights. An example would be sshfs, maybe via msys?

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Out of curiosity: What did you end up using? Dokan? Linux in a VM? Or where you curious how one could do it? – panzi Jun 20 '14 at 1:57
    
@panzi back then I think I used colinux, but unfortunately it still doesn't support 64bit and haven't had the time or motivation to search for alternatives since... – Tobias Kienzler Jun 20 '14 at 4:30
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As far as I understand, Windows doesn't ship with anything that would let you define your own filesystem without adding some code to the kernel (i.e., a driver). So you would need admin rights.

In 2010 The FUSE FAQ mention a few potential alternatives, but they all looked like vaporware except for Dokan. Dokan has been abandoned but some forks live on: Dokanx, Dokany, and more as well as at least two .NET bindings. Dokany has an SSHFS component.

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Dorkan link = parked domain – Joshua Oct 12 '15 at 19:50
    
@Joshua Thanks, I've updated my answer to point to some successor projects. – Gilles Oct 12 '15 at 20:05

There is something called Dokan, but it does not work too well; it supports SSHFS.

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While not ideal, a way you could achieve "FUSE for Windows" could be by running a small Linux installation in a VM, with just FUSE and Samba installed, where Samba then exposes the mounted FUSE folders as shares.

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Windows doesn't include support for userspace filesystems by default so you would need admin rights to install a Windows equivalent of FUSE like Dokan (such a driver needs to hook into the kernel after all).

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I've seen links to this Windows library Callback File System that seems to be a commercial port of FUSE. I haven't tried it though. And it seems to be $2,500+ for commercial usage.

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