I'm doing a bit of investigating into the file system of Windows (in this case, Windows 7), and there's been a few times now where I've had to alter something in System32. For those times, I've booted into a Linux live CD that I have lying about and edit it through that, but I was wondering if there was a simpler option? I'd rather not have to boot into a full graphical environment just to edit one thing. Ideally, I'm looking for something that is basically a console that I can boot to that has access to the other mounted partitions and can perform all the basic stuff like renaming files, copying files etc.
Is there anything like that out there?