How to Troubleshoot HAL INITIALIZATION FAILED Error 0x0000005C

Is your computer running into HAL INITIALIZATION FAILED error with STOP CODE 0x0000005C when the system either wakes up or when you boot the Window? If yes, it can be because of the Hardware or Device Drive problem on your PC. This usually means that the initialization of the HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) failed. This may only occur during the comparatively short period that the Windows OS is initialized, throughout the phase 4 of Windows Startup. This can be a Hardware problem.

If you fail to resolve the error even after a PC reboot, then you have to follow the steps mentioned below to troubleshoot this issue:

Note: The error message on your computer usually looks like this: Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We’re just collecting some error info, and then we’ll restart for you. If you want to know more, you can search online later for this error “HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED.”

Steps to Troubleshoot HAL INITIALIZATION FAILED 0x0000005C

You will need to boot your PC into Safe mode with the Networking mode using the Advanced Startup options. These options can be accessed by tapping F2 or F8 on the keyboard. However, this depends on OEMs implementation. Once you reach there, try the given below suggestions.

Remove External Hardware

First of all, you have to make sure that you remove any connected and external hardware at the time of updating or upgrading Windows. The main reason behind your Windows update gets stuck is because it intends to get a driver for the connected hardware which can be performed later.

Update Your Device Drivers

You need to check the Windows Update and take action if you find any update pending. But make sure the update is related to your Device Drivers. If required, you will always have an option to install them manually from the website of OEM.

Disable Windows Fast Startup

The Fast startup mode of Windows 10 allows your PC to boot up quite quickly if compared to the cold boot. This ensures that the kernel session is open, but rest of the other state has been hibernated. Thus, you should run it off.

Repair the Hard-Disk Errors

If you are getting continuous errors on the hard drive, the Windows update is likely to fail as your system will think that it’s not suitable for the device. After that, you will need to run ‘chkdsk’ in the command prompt in order to troubleshoot those errors. If this too fails to solve the issue, then replacing your hard drive may be the best option left for you to opt.

Run the DISM Tool

You must try running the DISM (Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management) tool. This is more likely to repair your Windows System Image and Windows Component Store in Windows 10.  Doing so will fix all of the system corruptions and inconsistencies. Hence, you can either use the Power-shell or command prompt for executing this command.

Try Disabling the Antivirus

It is always recommended to temporarily disable the Anti-Virus and Security software you have on your computer system. Such software can either be disabled or completely uninstalled till you fix the error.

Perform Clean Boot

If nothing of the above-mentioned methods works, you can perform a Clean Boot. The Clean Boot State is something that is used to diagnose and troubleshoot advanced Windows issues.

Thank you! We hope the above-mentioned information will solve your issue.

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