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Windows 8 Error Code: 0x0000005D

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Hello folks, so your playing around with VMware, or Virtualbox and you go to install Windows 8 and encounter the dreaded error code 0x0000005D. Yeah this one “Your PC needs to restart. Please hold down the power button. Error Code: 0x0000005D.”

You find yourself frustrated looking for answers. well it seems this issue is caused by features in the BIOS. Your system BIOS needs to support NX option (AMD) or XD (Intel)  to run Windows 8 in a VM. All you need to do (if supported) is enable NX (“No eXecute bit”), XD (“eXecute Disabled”) feature, within the BIOS security settings.

Reboot your system after that and you should be able to install / run Windows 8. If you don’t know your way around a BIOS, perhaps you shouldn’t be installing a system in the 1st place, so ask a friend.

PAE/NX/SSE2 Support Requirement Guide for Windows 8


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