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Sounds like you may have installed windows alongside of linux after linux had been installed. This is not usually advised. If this is the case your most likely seeing windows boot loader instead of grub. If you did in fact fully replace with windows then the update may have two installations of windows on it. Either way I would recommend backing up data on hard drive (use a live cd to view data) and format hard drive and re-install Windows and if you had/want linux as well, install that after windows. If you can give me a little more info I can help you more.
Boot into bios to verify system can see the hard drive. If system shows drive in bios and you are using windows xp or later try using the recovery console options by tapping F8 repeatedly to enter menu. , if you have one. If no recovery console...use either the recovery disks created by the system administrator or the original install disk to attempt a repair option on the boot of windows.
Your hard drive might have damage or the OS my be missing or corrupt.......you might have to re-install the system.
SInce SharePoint Services 3.0 and SharePoint Server 2007 does require a server interface to run the collaboration tools you are unfortunately stuck with running it on server software. But all is not doom and gloom as there is an option for you to run Microsoft's Virtual PC. Here is an article on how it works from Microsoft. (http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/97a74f0e-798d-45ff-b9bf-7feed68c40e51033.mspx) . This allows you to not ony run your native Operating system, but also run SharePoint on th esame machine in a virtual environment.
I haven't heard of not being able to delete a partition before. You could go to the manufacturer of the hard drives website and find the software to do a low level format or you could download a linux distribution and use the installer to remove the ESIA partition.
I would need to know the model of hard drive and laptop if you need any further assistance.
If your running a linux install program, it should detect the HDD unless windows has forbid access to the HDD. I heard of people having trouble installing linux on machines with vista. Try to run a live cd and see if that install program will work.