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Windows Cannot Find The Microsoft Software License Terms. Make sure the installation sources are valid and restart the installation

I was testing Microsoft’s new release of evaluations and I got ” Windows Cannot Find The Microsoft Software License Terms. Make sure the installation sources are valid and restart the installation. ” error message when I’m powering up the Virtual machine. Even though rebooted the Virtual Machine it was kept looping the error message.

I’d like to mention that Workstation now allows you to enter serial number and the user credentials at the creation of the virtual machine and it can set to automatically login to the system when powering on the Virtual Machine. Since, I was using the evaluation edition of the operating system, I didn’t have a serial key with me, so I skipped that step with my user credentials.

This was the appeared error message.

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

Windows Cannot Find The Microsoft Software License Terms : error

As I mentioned earlier, I have provided the credentials without the serial and that caused the issue.

Windows Cannot Find The Microsoft Software License Terms :Serial empty

If I select the ” I will install the operating system later ” option, map the ISO file later and start the Virtual Machine, this error would not appear in my screen. It will simply allow me to install the operating system without any issues. If you already have created the Virtual Machine delete it and recreate with this option.

Windows Cannot Find The Microsoft Software License Terms : best option

I have created a small video to show the successful steps of the Virtual Machine creation.

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Aruna Lakmal

Associate Technical Lead at Pearson, Sri Lanka. Technology junky, enthusiast, a VMware vExpert and a blogger with more than 6 years of Experience in Information Technology more focusing on VMware Virtualization, Microsoft and Datacenter Technologies.

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