Saturday, March 3, 2012

Windows 8 Installation; 'Windows Cannot Read the [ProductKey] Setting from the Unattend Answer File'. Error and Fix

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It is very much exciting to install and know-how Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Windows 8 CP can be downloaded and from Microsoft Website and it can be tested with VMWare Workstation 8. But many people are getting several errors while installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview on VMWare 8. I have posted one of such errors and its fix in my earlier post. Here is another one:

If you are installing Windows 8 on VMWare Workstation using default configuration, you might get the below error:

“Windows cannot read the <ProductKey> setting from the unattended answer file.”

See the error Window screenshot below.

There is an easy fix for this issue.  After you see this message, click “Ok” and power down the VM. Now go to the VM’s hardware settings and remove the floppy drive and then power on the VM.  

Once you power on the Virtual Machine, you can see Windows 8 installation running normally.

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