Fix: Error message “HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED” when installing Windows 8 Developer Preview

This article may interest you, if when you try to install Windows 8 Developer Preview, the installation fails and you receive the error message “HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED” on a blue screen (BSOD).

The main reason for this issue occurring is being the incompatibility of Windows 8 with third party software. Windows 8 is in its Developer Preview build and its filled with tons of bugs and are not compatible with most third party softwares.

You may aslo experience this BSOD error, if you try to install Windows 8 on Virtualization software like Virtual Box or VMware older versions like V7.x.x etc or if you try to install Windows 8 Developer Preview on unsupported virtual environments. Click here for compatible virtual environments for Windows 8 Developer Preview.

Other steps you may want to try to resolve this issue includes:
– Restart your computer if you haven’t already done so. This error may not occur again after rebooting.
– Remove any external media like Floppy Disk, Unwanted USB Media etc.
– Check your system minimum requirements.
– 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.


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