|windows 8 We ran across a few errors trying to install Windows 8 today. Solutions for the following errors are included in this article; HAL_INITIALIZATION FAILED, product key not working, 'your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart'.
It's early days and most of these problems will get ironed out from Consumer Preview feedback. However, if like us and you're keen to get Windows 8 installed to have a play then read on..
Sounds like most of these are common issues and thankfully (if you know where to look) they're easy to fix too..
We started by trying to install Windows 8 using an old version of VMWare which threw up the HAL_INITIALIZATION FAILED error. Turns out that Windows 8 can't run on older versions of VMWare, you'll need at least version 8 or higher.
Either get VMWare 8 or head over to VirtualBox and get that for free. Just as good as VMWare and completely free. Supported by Oracle so it's going to be around of a while. Download it here https://www.virtualbox.org/
Tips for Virtual Box and installing Windows 8: Make sure these are ticked:
Enable IO APIC (system - motherboard section)
Enable PAE/NX (system - processor section)
Enable VTx/AMD-V (system - accelerated section)
Load your ISO through the Storage - IDE Controller section
Use at least 1GB RAM
Enable Virtualization Technology on your BIOS (computer)
We're using a crappy HP Compaq at the moment so Virtualization Technology is turned off by default. If you're using VirtualBox then you'll get a warning that virtualization needs enabling. It's actually quite easy to do but needs a reboot.
For HP computers, restart your PC and press the F10 key while it's rebooting (press it continually so you don't miss the setup option). Once your into the black screen setup area, use the keyboard to navigate over to the Security menu option and scroll down to Security Settings. In there you'll find the Virtualization Technology Option (VT-x). Just enable it and press F10 again to save your changes.
Product Key Not Working
Windows 8 product key DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J not working? Same here..
Don't worry it's probably because you wanted to use a different keyboard language like United Kingdom rather than United States. Just make sure you stick to US and the product key should work ok. I'm sure you can live with a few 'spelling mistakes' for time being..
Enjoy Windows 8..
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