Complete Guide to Repair HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED BSOD Error in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10


HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED is a member of BSOD error family, we know that the blue screen of death error is one of the dangerous error that harm PC internally. This error could affect Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and other versions of Windows system. Windows 10 users commonly get this type of error when they boot their system from sleep stage.


There are lots of causes that trigger HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED Error in Windows systems or laptops. Some common causes are damaged, outdated or incorrectly configured system drivers, computer malware infection, misplaced system files or damaged hard disk or RAM etc. But don’t worry because this error can be fixed with the help of the below-given tutorial.


Symptoms of HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED Blue Screen Errors

  • “HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED” appears with a blue screen and restart the computer without any confirmation.
  • “STOP Error 0x5C: HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED” is appeared.
  • You will get and error message “A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. The problem seems to be caused by the following file:”
  • PC restarts with Error 0x5C when running the same application.
  • “The HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED bug check has a value of 0x0000005C.” is appeared.
  • This error may also affect the performance of your computer system.


Tips to Fix a Blue Screen of Death Error

In order to fix BSoD error, you should apply the below-given tips and tricks, all of the discussed methods are effective and able to solve this issue with ease.

Tip 1: Make sure that the system drive has enough free space, because of low system drive space Blue Screens of Death, data corruption, and other serious issues can appear. Remove the junk files from the system drive in order to make some space, you can take the help of a third party tool to the cleanup system drive.


Note: According to Microsoft, at least 100MB of free space is necessary but it is suggested for Windows users to keep at least 15% of a drive’s space free.


Tip 2: Did you just added any hardware component to your system OR installed a new program, updated any driver, download/install an update, and more? If your answer is Yes, then there is a very good chance that the recently execute modification made caused the BSOD.

Undo the recently executed change and verify again for the STOP Error. Some solutions are given depending on the changes made by you:

Solution 1: By restoring your computer or laptop with the help of System Restore option you can undo any recent system changes.

Solution 2: Boot your system using Last Known Good Configuration, through this you can undo recent registry and system driver modifications.

Solution 3: Roll back device driver to its prior version.


Tip 3: Make sure that your system is virus free: Due to some computer viruses, a Blue Screen of Death error can appear. It is because some virus directly affects master boot record (MBR) or boot sector of your system that cause BSoD error.

If you have an antivirus program in your computer or laptop then make sure that it is updated, also confirm that it’s able to scan the MBR and boot sector.


Tip 4: Make sure your Windows system is packed with latest service packs and other updates. Necessary patches and service packs are regularly released by Microsoft for their operating systems to fix the bug and another type of issue. These updates and patches are also useful to solve BSOD issue.


Tip 5: Make sure that drivers of your hardware are updated: Sometimes outdated or damaged system driver can generate Blue Screens of Death error. This error is directly related with hardware or driver so updating system drivers could fix the cause of the STOP error.


Tip 6: Check all the internal cables, cards, and other components are properly installed. If the hardware is not decisively installed in their place then it can cause a Blue Screen of Death.

  • Reseat all the internal data and power cables
  • Reseat the memory modules
  • Reseat any expansion cards


Tip 7: Execute diagnostic tests on all hardware, you can take the help of any computer professional. According to a report, the root cause of any Blue Screen of Death error is a failing piece of hardware:

  • Check and test system memory or RAM
  • Also, verify and test system hard disk drive


Tip 8: Update System BIOS: Sometimes outdated system BIOS could generate a Blue Screen of Death error. This is because of incapability issue. You can solve this situation by simply updating your system BIOS.


Tip 9: Boot your system with necessary hardware: By starting your computer or laptop with minimum hardware can troubleshoot many system issues that including BSOD error. So, boot your computer with the minimum hardware which is necessary to run the operating system. If you are able to start your computer then it is clear that one of the removed hardware devices was the cause of the STOP error message.

Generally, the only necessary hardware for booting your PC includes the motherboard, CPU, RAM, primary hard drive, keyboard, video card, and monitor.


How to find what hardware is the cause of Blue Screen of Death?

  • Replace the hardware.
  • Confirm that hardware’s firmware is updated.
  • Confirm that all the added hardware is in the list of Hardware Compatibility.
  • Visit the manufacturer’s website for support information.


Also Read: Complete Steps to Disable and Enable Narrator in Windows 10


How to find what software program is the cause of Blue Screen of Death?

  • Make sure that all the installed application is updated if not then update them as soon as possible.
  • Reinstall the software.
  • Visit the developer’s website for support information.


Ram testing by Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool:

The Window memory Diagnostics Tool is the inbuilt memory testing software provided by Microsoft, with the help of this inbuilt app you can test your system memory for any types of error in Windows Vista, Window 7, Windows 8 or 8.1 & Windows 10.

Step 1: First of all open run dialogue box, press Windows + R key simultaneously to open run command. In run window type “Mdsched” and then hit enter.


Step 2: You will see the Window memory Diagnostics Tool window with two options to select:2

Step 3: Choose any one that suits your conditions and just after when your windows boots you will able to see your screen like this:3


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