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If it is a second hand laptop, how come you didn't ask the previous owner "Linux User" to remove it for you? FISHY!!! Anyhow, try reinstalling Windows. what netbook brand and model do you have?
I also have not idea what's "fishy" about it. Besides, you don't "uninstall" an OS, you write overwrite it with a new one. If you want to install Windows, is makes no difference whether the drive is blank or already contains an OS such as Linux.
I suggest you leave Linux, if it's running smoothly. It's a pretty old machine, XP might not work as fast. Besides, Linux is far more secure and stable system, especially if you use it for internet browsing.
I'm not sure your machine supports booting from USB Flash, so you might need an external CD drive, if you decide to install windows. (you might want to double check that).
Of course you can remove all the things you don't need. But be sure not to remove essential things. As a starter find the terminal and type "uname -a" (without the quotes, of course and post the output here. We'll figure out what to do next.