Unable to install Windows 8 - Error Code 0x0000005D


I am trying to install Windows 8 build 9200 enterprise on a Pentium 4 PC, but upon boot, I am getting the following error message:
Your PC needs to restart 
Please hold down the power button
Error Code 0x0000005D

Suddenly there is no file upload and I am unable to install it on my PC. What can be the source of the problem?


Unlike Windows Vista and 7, Windows 8 (as from build 8400) is not compatible with all models of the Pentium 4 processor.

This is due to the fact that Windows 8 requires a processor compatible with the following functions: SSE2, PAE and NX bit. All Pentium 4 are compatible with SSE2 and EAP: the problem may come from the NX bit.
  • First, make sure your Pentium 4 model supports the NX bit: for sockets 423 or 478 processors, then it won't work (in most cases).
  • For sockets 775 processors, it can be compatible. If the CPU supports NX-bit, you can install Windows 8 32-bit or 64-bit (it depends on the models!).
  • Also make sure that NX bit is not disabled in the BIOS (if present).

Thanks to Big Monstro for this tip.
Published by jak58. Latest update on September 24, 2012 at 07:55 AM by jak58.
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