I'm curious, is it possible to be logged on to my windows 7 partition, then from there also use Ubuntu alongside Windows 7, say through a window or something along those lines? Because I have all of my things I need on Windows such as Microsoft Word, iTunes, etc. However, I need to do processes in Ubuntu which can take hours to complete. Basically, I would like to be able to do things in Windows while sort of running Ubuntu in the background. I've already dual booted my machine and everything runs properly.
I would want to do this with my computer as is, without creating a virtual machine.