Setup Error: Windows Cannot Find Microsoft Software License Terms

When making an attempt to carry out a clear set up of Windows 10 on a brand new Hyper-V digital machine, I confronted a problem that Windows set up from an set up picture interrupted after deciding on an OS with the next error:

Windows Setup

Windows can’t discover the Microsoft Software License Terms.  Make positive the set up sources are legitimate and restart the set up.

The set up was canceled.

Any modifications made to your laptop gained’t be saved.

Windows setup error - Windows cannot find the Microsoft Software License Terms. Make sure the installation sources are valid and restart the installation

After clicking OK, the pc restarted and Windows set up is restarted. The error “Cannot discover License Terms” appeared time and again.

As it turned out, the error could also be attributable to two completely different causes (I’ve seen each of them):

  • If Windows 10 / Windows Server 2016 (or older OS variations) are put in inside a digital machine (on Hyper-V on VMWare hypervisor), just be sure you have allotted sufficient RAM for the VM. In my case solely 512 MB of reminiscence was allotted for this VM on the Hyper-V server, and the choice to make use of Dynamic reminiscence (Enable Dynamic reminiscence) was enabled for it with doable of . Increase the dimensions of the allotted VM reminiscence to a minimum of 1024 MB and restart the set up course of.
    hyper-v VM set at least 1 gb of RAM

    Note. You can use the next trick as a workaround. Prior to beginning Windows set up, press Shift+F10 and run the command within the command immediate that may create a pagefile: wpeutil createpagefile /path=C:pf.sys . Then change to the set up window and begin Windows set up. The set up ought to proceed with none errors even when the reminiscence dimension is small.

  • If the error happens when putting in Windows straight on a (a pc or a laptop computer) as a substitute of a digital machine, make it possible for your system has a adequate quantity of RAM. If there’s sufficient reminiscence, it’s probably that the issue is along with your Windows set up picture (distribution). It could also be broken and you must higher attempt utilizing one other disk or ISO picture. Or the product version in ei.cfg could not adjust to the product key from pid.txt file. In this case, you possibly can create a textual content file with the title ei.cfg within the sources listing on the set up disk with the next contents:
    ei.cfg [Channel] OEM

If there’s ei.cfg on this listing, change the Channel worth from Retail to OEM (because it appears that you’re making an attempt to put in an Enterprise version from a retail distribution). You should manually edit the ISO file of the Windows set up picture utilizing any ISO editor (WinISO), add the required file and overwrite the set up DVD / stick.

Or you possibly can specify the Windows set up key as follows: setup.exe /pkey XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX

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