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Fix Windows 8 Consumer Preview ProductKey Setting Error in VMware Workstation 8

Fix Windows 8 Consumer Preview ProductKey Setting Error in VMware Workstation 8

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Wiz Techie Pinoy Tech Blog – Computer Problems Frequently Ask Question (FAQ) Q&A: How to fix the “Windows cannot read the <ProductKey> setting from the unattend answer file” error? I’m installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview in VMware Workstation 8 and I am getting this error. I cannot proceed with the installation as I do not know how to solve this error.

Question:  Help, I am getting a “Windows cannot read the <ProductKey> setting from the unattend answer file” error when I’m installing the Windows 8 Consumer Preview in VMware Workstation 8. How can I fix the Windows 8 Product Key error in VMware Workstation? The ISO file is complete and are fully working as the SHA-1 hash from Microsoft, matched my downloaded Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO file. How can I solve the “Windows cannot read the <ProductKey> setting from the unattend answer file” error? I’ve tried many options such as recreating a new VM image, but it is not working. Can you help me fix it? 

Answer:

The “Windows cannot read the <ProductKey> setting from the unattend answer file” error that appears when installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview in VMWare Workstation 8 is easy to fix. The error comes from the Floppy device that is generated by VMware Workstation which poinst to file autoinst.flp. So in order to fix the error, just follow the steps below.

Windows 8 Product Key error

SOLVED “Windows cannot read the <ProductKey> setting from the unattend answer file” error step by step solution.

1. Open VMware Workstation, and the click Edit virtual machine settings in your Wndows 8 Consumer Preview VM image.

Fix Windows 8 Product Key error step 1

2. From the Hardware tab, select Floppy, then click Remove.

Fix Windows 8 Product Key error step 2

3. That’s it. You have finally fixed the Windows 8 Product key error.

To test if you have solved the error. Just power on your Windows 8 Consumer Preview VM image, and let it boot. Notice that you won’t get the error pop-up again. Just proceed in installing your Windows 8 Consumer Preview as normal. Hope this mini guide helped you. For now, enjoy as you have just fix Windows 8 Consumer Preview <ProductKey> Setting Error in VMware Workstation 8.




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3 Responses to “Fix Windows 8 Consumer Preview ProductKey Setting Error in VMware Workstation 8”

  1. OMKAR says:

    Worked perfectly.!! thanx.!!

  2. Prateek says:

    Thanks.. :)

  3. Aslam says:

    Ha ha works perfect, You saved my lots of time. Thanks dude.

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