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How to fix hal_initialization_failed error windows 8 virtual pc

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  • I am trying to install Windows 8 Preview onto a Virtual PC.
    Using Virtual PC (Ver 6.1.7601.17514) on Windows 7 64 bit.
    Get blue screen with sad face with the following error:
    "hal_initialization_failed"
    Message advised to look this up on the internet.
    I have found a couple of posts suggesting MS Virtual PC is not compatible with Windows 8.
    I hope am on the right forum now, this is the 3trd time I am posting this as I could not find the right palce to ask this question.
    Could anyone please confirm if this should work with Virtual PC?

     

    In the meantime,

    I have also tried using Virtual Box which gets a bit further than MS Virtual PC.

    I gets to the end of installing the files and then get the following error:

     

    "Windows cannot install required files. The file does not exist. Make sure all files required for installation are available, anbd then resart the installation. Error code: 0x80070003"

     

    I checked the CD and even re-downloaded, so all the expected files should be there.

     

    Sunday, January 08, 2012 12:58 AM

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  • Hi Mr Cheese,

    have edited my reply above to add another link, sorry I couldn't see your last post. Please read my new link here and see if it answers your question.


    Irfan
    • Marked as answer by Mr Cheese Sunday, January 08, 2012 2:41 AM
    Sunday, January 08, 2012 2:05 AM

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    • Edited by Irfanfare Sunday, January 08, 2012 2:00 AM to complete the reply
    Sunday, January 08, 2012 1:33 AM
  • So if I read the article correctly I see that Microsoft Preview will NOT work on a Microsoft virtualisation platform (way to go MS).

    Any information that hints at this working states using they are using VMware.

    Could someone at Microsoft please make this a little clearer?

    What Virtaulisation platform can be used to install Win 8 Preview that will actually work?

    If the answer is VMWare, I can't do this as I do not own a VMWare license, and this should have been stated on the Windows 8 Preview site.

     

    Sunday, January 08, 2012 1:54 AM
  • Hi Mr Cheese,

    have edited my reply above to add another link, sorry I couldn't see your last post. Please read my new link here and see if it answers your question.


    Irfan
    • Marked as answer by Mr Cheese Sunday, January 08, 2012 2:41 AM
    Sunday, January 08, 2012 2:05 AM
  • OK. This confirms that MS Virtual PC wll not work.

    Is does suggest that VBox should work though.

    I am still getting this error when I use VBox:

    "Windows cannot install required files. The file does not exist. Make sure all files required for installation are available, anbd then resart the installation. Error code: 0x80070003"

    I will check some post I beleive had info on VBox and post here if I get any success.

    Sunday, January 08, 2012 2:41 AM
  • Using this info, showing VBox settings, from link below, I was able to get Win 8 up and running using VBox.

    http://geekswithblogs.net/RollingIT/archive/2011/09/14/getting-hands-on-with-virtual-machine-of-windows-8.aspx

    Just having some issues with the Drivers, but it working.

    Sunday, January 08, 2012 4:09 AM