Why does my Dell Inspiron say “Process Intialization Failed” when it boots?

Praneeth Meda March 12, 2013

My Dell Inspiron says “Processor initialization failed” when it boots, I’ve tried using F8 and F12, and the DVD drive doesn’t work for restoring from a disk. I don’t want to lost my data, please help!

  1. ha14
    March 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    start the dell from the disc drive or from the USB drive by using the Windows installation media. Delete the Bootcat.cache file,

    KB981833 - STOP: 0x0000006B on Dell systems
    If a pack of several patches is installed, including Device IDT_92HDXXX-HD-AUDIO_A17_R278544.exe driver, the bootcat.cache might get corrupted (~11KB is size) and the systems run in STOP 0x6B.
    Should the system not boot after deleting the bootcat.cache file, try to copy the bootcat.cache file from an older backup image of the system. This might bring the system up.

  2. Chinmay Sarupria
    March 17, 2013 at 10:17 am

    The cause may be a failed windows update. Advanced Boot Options may solve your problem.

  3. Alan Wade
    March 14, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Microsoft has also released Fix314438 to address this issue.

    To download this hotfix and for more details visit KB981833.

  4. Silhoutte James
    March 12, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Open up a command prompt from your recovery options and copy C:WindowsSystem32winevtLogsApplication.evtx to an external disk. Get on another computer with Vista and open up Application.evtx with the Event Viewer. Find the error where SideBySide is the source in the event log and it should say something about an error in some manifest file. Now go back to your computer and replace that file on your C drive with a copy of that file from your recovery partition or recovery disk. Restart your computer and it should work.

    • Praneeth Meda
      March 13, 2013 at 11:20 am

      i cant even boot the system to open a command prompt and i used the recovery usb but it is installing as new os of windows rather than prompting me to recovery options. the bsod code is 0x0000006B.
      my dvd drive failed and cant use the recovery disk .
      any advice in this is much appreciated

  5. Alan Wade
    March 12, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Your question title states Process Intialization Failed whereas your question states Processor initialization failed.
    As Bruce has explained they are two very different issues so can confirm which of the two it is please?

    • Praneeth Meda
      March 13, 2013 at 11:21 am

      its 0x0000006B process initialization failed

  6. Bruce Epper
    March 12, 2013 at 5:25 am

    First, what is the bugcheck code? It's that nice little hex number displayed on the BSOD you are getting. That will help narrow the possibilities.

    Second, was this hard drive originally in another machine, or the processor or motherboard replaced? The only time I have seen a processor initialization failure (as opposed to a process initialization failure - two very different issues) has been when a processor and/or motherboard has been replaced with a similar but not identical product. In my case it was a different revision of the same make and model motherboard and it required manual replacement of several driver files.

    • Praneeth Meda
      March 13, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Hi Bruce
      the error code is 0x0000006b. nothing to do with hardware because it happend all of a sudden i didnt modify any program or hardware. before bluescreen it said flash player not working and prompted to do a check disk thats it . when i had restarted system turned up to bsod

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