Finally went ahead and followed the rest of your(from step #3 on) instructions earlier today.
I had done the installation and configuring for fuse last week.
Since creating a group just for this one thing seemed like extra work I simply edited my fstab to add the fuse entry from your guide and left the other options as I already had them.
Before doing this I unmounted my windows partition.I then rebooted rather then simply remounting.
.......umask=000,uid=1000,gid=1000 0 0
During the boot process the mount showed a "failed" flag as the system loaded. When I tried to manually mount I was told the device was "damaged" and couldn't be mounted.
I restored the original fstab line:
This allowed me to mount as before, user as owner with read and execute permissions so it apparently was something with fuse that detected the "damage"
/dev/hda1 /media/windows ntfs nls=utf8,umask=000,uid=1000,gid=1000 0 0
I'm guessing at 2 possibilities;
A> I missed a step or performed one incorrectly, a combination of both seems most likely.
B> The reason I want to write into windows is that I managed to corrupt the boot.ini file and can no longer boot the system.
Could "B" be the damage fuse is seeing? As a recent entry (ultra newbie) to the world of computers, let alone Linux, I still lean towards "A".
Sorry for the long post but I've been studying your directions and the Q & A's from others in the thread and haven't found anything similar to my problem.
Thanks for your patience and hopefully you can get me pointed in the right direction.