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How To Fix HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED Error on Windows 10

When the most important drivers required for your PC to function properly are outdated, chances are that you’d be faced with a lot of error messages, including the HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED error. Regardless, there are other possible causes of this error.

Here you will find out:

  • how to fix this error
  • how DiskInternals Partition Recovery can help you

Are you ready? Let's read!

1. Recover Corrupted Files

One of the surest ways to fix Windows errors - caused by a malware attack - is to recover the previous good versions of the corrupted files. With DiskInternals Partition Recovery, you can recover corrupted files easily and quickly. The software is developed with cutting-edge data recovery algorithms and has been receiving updates for the past 15 years. It is very efficient and supports various file formats and file systems.

DiskInternals Partition Recovery is simply intuitive and easy-to-use, thanks to the file-explorer-like interface that grants you quick access to all connected drives and devices on your system. Also, this data recovery software supports three modes, which are specifically designed for different data loss scenarios.

How to Use DiskInternals Partition Recovery

Download and install the software on your PC. Afterward, launch it and follow the steps below;

First Step:

When you launch the software, the recovery Wizard will come up automatically. Now, select the drive where you saved the corrupted file.

Second Step:

Choose the file system of your drive and also choose a recovery mode. In this case, choose “Full Recovery.”

Third Step:

Click “Next” and allow the scan to run completely. When the scan results appear, you can preview the files before recovering them.

2. Use Windows Update

This error - just as many other Windows 10 errors - can be caused due to hardware/software incompatibility with your Windows OS version. Thus, you should try updating your Windows 10 OS to the newest version. To run Windows Update, follow the steps below:

  • Press Windows key + I to launch “Settings,”
  • Go to Update & Security,
  • Click on “Windows Update” on the left pane.

3. Troubleshooting

Windows 10 comes with a built-in troubleshooting tool that allows you to troubleshoot most issues with the OS.

  • Press Windows key + I to launch “Settings,”
  • Go to Update & Security,
  • Navigate to the “Troubleshoot” tab from the left pane,
  • Look out for “Blue Screen” and run the troubleshooter.


Run the SFC and DISM commands to fix hard drive errors automatically. This might also fix the HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED error.

  • Right-click on “Start” and choose Command Prompt (Admin),
  • Enter the following command, SFC /Scannow,
  • Hit the “Enter” key to run the command.

When SFC runs completely, close the command prompt and re-launch it to run the second command.

  • Enter DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth,
  • Hit the “Enter” key and allow the command to run,
  • Restart your PC afterward.

5. Examine hardware

If none of the methods above worked, remove your hard drive and check it on another PC. Also, if you installed a new hardware, remove it and put back the old one. Check for physical damage to the hardware's body. When you've done all these, and it's not working, then you may need to rebuild your HDD.

Hold down the Shift key and reboot your PC to enter the "Advanced Startup" menu.

Now, go to Troubleshoot >>> Advanced Options >>> Command Prompt .

Run these CMD commands one after the other:

  • bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd
  • bootrec.exe /fixmbr
  • bootrec.exe /fixboot

Reboot the system normally afterward

6. Look for corrupted apps

Maybe you installed new software programs and that could be the cause of this error. So, if the error persists after many trials to fix it up, the next step is to check your recently installed programs. Sometimes, it may be your antivirus; so, uninstall your antivirus first and check if the issue is resolved.

7. Configure UsePlatformClock

Launch Command Prompt as admin and run the following command: bcdedit /set useplatformclock true.

Some users have reported that this process could fix the situation.

8. Check if there are any updates for BIOS

This is an advanced method, you may need to ignore it if you don’t want to deal with a more complex situation, which may result from not properly updating your BIOS. However, updating your system BIOS may fix this error.

9. Reset Windows

Lastly, if all the methods above didn't work, then it's time to reset your Windows OS. Resetting Windows will restore its core file to default settings and selections and this should work for you.

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