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.

About Nitin Agarwal

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  • Mark

    Dude, you ripped this right off of this post:

    • Nitin Agarwal

      Yes, I mentioned about it. :-)

  • No

    the problem is the virtual hw. Oracle’s VirtualBox works fine with Windows 8…

  • Andy

    The setup crashes on vmWare Workstation 7.1.2, runs without problems on VirtualBox 4.1.2 :-)

    • Nitin Agarwal

      You need Workstation V8 if you want to install it using VMware….

  • Molly Sally

    It does not work with the solutions provided. Failed in VMware 8. Haven’t tried VirtualBox though. Let me try that…

    • Nitin Agarwal

      I too haven’t tried it personally on V8 but heard from many users that it is working fine for them… I am using virtual box..

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  • Jenifer

    Wow, same problem here on vmware serve 2.0 (win2003 virtual environment)
    I will try the virtualbox today.

  • Abhinav

    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.

  • Volkan Ulutaş

    I install Windows 8 with dual boot, VHD.

    And this error occur 
    What can I do?

    • Nitin Agarwal

      I’d better suggest you to wait for Windows 8 Consumer Preview which will be coming in next few days….. :-)

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  • Ashwin Bhat

    tried virtual box, got error on the ms dos screen…..

    • Ashwin Bhat

       getting the blue screen error on vmware ws 8 with the frowny face……

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