Windows XP Home on my old laptop has stopped working. No response to keyboard/mouse events. I was able to load it in the Safe Mode and checked the Event log. It has a record with something like the SENS (System Event Notification) service hangs.
I tried to repair windows installation, by booting from a windows CD I borrowed. The setup process copied some files, then rebooted, and then asked me to enter the timezone or something. The keyboard and the mouse and the power button do not work at this point as well and I have to remove the battery to reboot the laptop.
After rebooting the setup process starts again leading to the same bad result.
Linux boots and works fine, no problem with the hardware. No viruses on the hard drive (at least, according the BitDefender and DrWeb LiveCD antiviruses). The filesystem is fine. No problem to access to the harddrive from linux.
I have two questions.
1. How can I return back windows (get rid of the setup process) to be able to run it in SafeMode (currently selecting the SafeMode from the F8 menu leads to a message something like "Setup can't run in safe mode, need to reboot")
2. I don't have a Windows installer CD with this laptop, but it has Windows installation files in /i386 folder on the hard drive. Can I reinstall Windows from it? I don't want to buy/activate some other Windows installation, because I already payed for this one.