How To Solve Windows 8 Installation Error: HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED


Your computer ran into a problem and needs to restart.

If you’d like to know more, you can search online for this code: HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED

It’s collecting error info and will start in : 0 seconds


Above was exactly the first message I have experienced when installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview on Windows Virtual PC. Check the screenshot below and you’ll see what I mean.


Looking at the dreaded blue screen (again?), what do you think a user will do? On the first line, it says you need to restart. And restart I did. I tried several times but the error is the same. Unfortunately, this did not fix the problem. “It’s collecting error info and will start in : 0 seconds”, on the third line is not working. The Virtual PC did not restart on it’s own.

The middle line “If you’d like to know more, you can search online for this code: HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED”, is the one that really saved the day for me. However, how I wish Microsoft is more clearer on this issue. So what are the solutions into this HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED problem?

Well, the solution is really very easy.

  1. Windows 8 would not install under VMware Workstation 7.x so the solution is to upgrade to VMware workstation 8.  If you want to check or upgrade to VMWare workstation 8 just click Upgrade Now!
  2. Windows wouldn’t run in Virtual PC 2007. This is where I tried installing it. My solution? I downloaded and installed Oracle VM VirtualBox instead.

This is what really bothers me. Why Microsoft did not clearly stated the incompatibility issues with VMware Workstation 7.x and Virtual PC 2007? They should’ve have informed the user to upgrade  to make it work on Windows 8  instead of writing “HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED“.

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