How to Solve HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED Error in Windows 8 DP Build


While installing the recently released Windows 8 Developer Preview Build in virtual mode, I got the error message HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED. The error message suggested me to restart the PC and try again. I restarted the PC as suggested but faced the same problem when I had tried to install Windows 8 DP again on Windows Virtual PC.

Later on I have searched the Microsoft Support Forums, some other websites ( and found that many a users are receiving the same error message while installing the Windows 8 Developer Preview Build in virtual environment.

I know searching the support forums is quite a hard work for a new user, So here I have written a simple step by step tutorial to solve HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED error in Windows 8 fixed.

Steps to solve HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED Error in Windows 8

  1. Restart your computer if you haven’t already done that. This new blue screen with sad face may not occur again after rebooting.
  2. Try installing Windows 8 Developer Preview Build using VirtualBox or VMware Workstation V8 if you’re receiving the HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED error. Some older Virtualization programs don’t support Windows 8, Windows Virtual PC is one of them.
  3. Perform all the other basic things, Such as, check for BIOS update, run Windows in last known good configuration mode, Clear junk and temporary files. These extensive troubleshooting steps aren’t specific for HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED error but since most STOP errors are so similar, they should help resolve it.

If you are still not able to install Windows 8 Developer Preview Build on your PC or receiving any other do let me know, I may come up with a solution.

Update regarding Windows 8

Windows 8 Consumer Preview build is out now for public beta testing. This HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED Error is no more bugging the users. If you haven’t tried the Windows 8 Consumer Preview till now, Download it today and give it a shot.

There are several new changes and bug fixes have been introduced by Microsoft in Windows 8 Consumer Preview if compared to Windows 8 Developers Preview.



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  2. I downloaded windows 8 developer preview(32-bit) and created its bootable disc. But when I began installing, it started with “Loading Windows Files” and then reported “HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED”.
    Is there any solution for this.