How to fix HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED error in Windows 8 installation?


In this post, you can find my Windows 8 32-bit and 63-bit installation experience and the problems I encountered during the installation including the HAL_INITIALIZATION__FAILED error. Both Windows Virtual PC and VMWare Player showed the same error for 32-bit installations, but the error messages were different for 64-bit Windows 8 installation.

This article talks about the errors I got during Windows 8 installation and my failed attempts to install Windows 8. if you like to know how I successfully installed Windows 8 developer preview, read step by step instructions to install Windows 8.

Windows 8 32-bit installation error: HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED


Few hours back, I wrote my Windows 8 64-bit installation experience on a Windows Virtual PC. I could not complete the installation because the installer incorrectly reported that I do no thave a 64-bit processor. Since I could not figure out how to make Windows 8 know that my PC is a 64-bit PC, I switched to 32-bit Windows 8.

I created a new virtual PC using the Windows virtual PC and mounted the ISO image of 32-bit Windows 8 developer preview build. I started the installation hoping I will not be get in to the same problems that I faced with 64-bit Windows 8. I was right, obviously, the 64-bit incompatibility error did not happen. But another annoying error came up that says:

Your PC ran in to a problem that it couldn't handle,and now it needs to restart.

You can search for the error online: HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED




Here is a nice blue screen with the error:


Well, I don't have a problem in restarting if that resolved the problem. But unfortunately, a restart did not make a difference.

My next thought was, it may be the Windows Virtual PC that is causing issues with Windows 8. So, I thought of trying VMWare Virtual Player instead of Microsoft Virtual PC. I downloaded and installed VMWare Player, but it gave me the exact same error for the 32 bit Windows 8 installer.

Installing Windows 8 64-bit on VMWare Player


My next attempt was to install Windows 8 64-bit on the VMWare Player. Unfortunately, that attempt also failed with the following error:

Windows failed to load because a required file is missing, or corrupt.

Here is a screen shot of the Windows 8 installation error I got with VMWare Player:
Windows 8 64-bit installation error with VMWare Player

Okay, I think I need to sit, relax and figure out what exactly is wrong. I will come back and update what went wrong and how I resolved the error.




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Comments

Author: elliot gao14 Sep 2011 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 1

I meet the same problem today,i find the answer in google search.

However, since most STOP errors have similar causes, there are some basic troubleshooting steps to help fix STOP 0x0000005C issues:

Restart your computer if you haven’t already done so. The STOP 0x0000005C blue screen error may not occur again after rebooting.
Use VirtualBox or at least VMware Workstation V8 if you’re receiving the HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED error during the installation of Windows 8. Some older virtual machine programs don’t support Windows 8, Windows Virtual PC is one of them.
Perform all the other basic things, Such as, check your BIOS for latest update, Run Windows in last known good configuration mode, Clear junk and temporary files. These extensive troubleshooting steps aren’t specific to the STOP 0x0000005C error but since most STOP errors are so similar, they should help resolve it.

Now i'm downing the newest VM to try again

Author: Anand14 Sep 2011 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 1

I got the same problem on Virtual PC. I installed virtual box and ended up in different error code with black screen. but I found a solution and installing windows 8 now.

what I did on virtual box is set 2 processors and as initial OS selection choose windows 7 64 bit. that worked for me. will update once it is actually finish installation.

Author: Anand14 Sep 2011 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 1

Update...

it is installed and I am checking it now.

Author: Gerjan15 Sep 2011 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 1

Hi,

I also had problems with this on VMWare, also tried virtual box but there was another error. The only option is downloading VMWare Workstation 8. Install that one (and remove previous versions of VMWare!) and create a new virtual machine. Make sure to remove the floppy disk before booting, else you will get a Product Key error.

Good Luck!

Author: Chintan15 Sep 2011 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 1

Hi,

Installed Successfully. I used VmWare and Virtual PC with no luck. Then I used Virtual box and it got Installed like a charm. Took about 7 minutes to install. Its nice, I am still taking look, but first look is nice. thanks. BTW I used 20gb HDD and 2GB memory.

Guest Author: smartboyhw25 Feb 2012

Okay, I've tried to install the Windows Developer Preview in the Virtual Machines, and here's the result.
Windows Virtual PC: Fail(HAL_INITIALZATION_FAILED):Hard disk failure
VMWare softwares:all fine
VirtualBox: Fine for a few times, but then a a critical error.
On that reason, please use VMWare Workstation 8!

Guest Author: DNP01 Mar 2012

I tried to install Win 8 on a blank HDD on which I first loaded Vista. I got the error that the computer needs to restart, and I restarted it. After about 3 minutes, I got an message that said something to the effect that "something happened to stop the installation and we are not sure why." It then reverted back to Vista. As I mentioned, Vista is the only other thing on this HDD. I have plenty of memory, but the computer itself is about 5 yrs old.

Guest Author: C Goto20 Dec 2012

Nobody is likely to read this post; but here it is anyway.

I have a (240Gig) laptop with a clean install of Vista 32 bit which I very recently upgraded to Windows 8 Pro (32-bit).
Easy.

I have had my hard-drive fail in the past so I got a new BIGGER hard drive (640Gig) and used Windows 8 CLONE Back-up (or whatever its called [I type this in a Win 7 laptop]),

I also did a Win 8 RECOVERY Disc.

HOWEVER

When I `swopped` the hard drives to boot the same clone on the same laptop, it fails with an error message;-
1st;- you have no operating system installed)
2nd;- With Boot recovery in; it tells me the content of the drives but tells me I cannot boot up and gives this error message;- 0x80042414

It would be nice if Microsoft gave instructions in ordinary English for ordinary English-speaking people to follow; rather than `in-house tech terminology that isn`t exactly correct`.

They know how to crush the spirit of Christmas out of you.

Guest Author: ajay30 Oct 2014

My HP laptop is corrupted . Error code is 0xc0000138 and another one is 0xc0000001. How to solve this problem>? Plz reply.



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