Windows 8: Windows cannot read the setting from the unattend answer file.

Since the Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been recently released, you may want to experiment with it in VMWare Workstation.

After you have the done the following things …:

  1. Download the ISO from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso
  2. Create a new Virtual Machine and, while you’re still in the wizard, choose the ISO to boot and install your OS from.

… the following error will pop up:

Windows cannot read the <ProductKey> setting from the unattend answer file

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The workaround for this is to not select the ISO in the New Virtual Machine Wizard.

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After you’ve created the VM, edit the settings of that VM and connect the Windows 8 ISO.

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