My XP installation went bad on my laptop, so I though if I was going to reinstall windows, I might as well use Windows 7 (i'm using it on my desktop already). My laptop would no longer boot due to a corrupted Windows file. I installed Windows 7 today. The install went fine, booted from CD, installed windows 7, etc. It then rebooted and then I recieved a status 0xc00000e9 "Windows failed to load because the kernel is missing, or corrupt." Now I'm starting to wonder if I'm having some hardware issues. I decided I would try another reinstall. I would go ahead and try to reinstall windows XP again. Problem is, I can't get the laptop to boot from CD anymore. I didn't make any changes in the BIOS after installing windows 7 from CD. I thought my disk might be bad, so I tried another XP CD, tried to boot Windows 7 CD and even a Ubuntu live CD. None of these would boot. Double checked boot order in BIOS and even disabled the hard disk from the BIOS boot menu. I have a Dell 600m. BIOS is Pheonix v A14. Any ideas?