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VMWorkstation Player 14.1.2 build-8497320 Windows 10 Preview [Version 10.0.17704.1000]

I tried to install the trial version of Windows 2016 server without a licence key. VMWare detected it was Windows 2016 Server. It started the Windows installation screens. I got the error message “Windows cannot find the Microsoft Software License Terms. Make sure the installation sources are valid and restart the installation.”

On previous versions of Windows server I had not needed a licence key for evaluation versions.

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I tried again using a licence key and that changed the error message.

No Windows installation screens yet. I got to the "Press any key to boot" message within VMWare. unsuccessful. -EFI Network STart PXE over IPv4

I then shut down my virtual machine and (based on suggestions I'd read earlier) I deleted my (virtual) floppy drive from the VM hardware.

I then restarted my machine and Windows installed normally on my VM.

I hope this saves somebody some time.

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Aug 2018

Forget about the easy install that works well e.g. for Ubuntu. We will be using the CD ROM via the BIOS to launch Windows install.

1 Creating a new machine Work your way through the New Virtual Machine wizard, Select "I will install the operating system later"

Guest OS select Microsoft Windows

Name of virtual machine - give it a name

Specify disk capacity - complete as required

Customise hardware
Select the CD/DVD Device status connected at power on - ticked Use ISO image file (browse to location of Windows 2016 ISO image)

Finish the wizard

The image is now switched off

2 We will now power on the machine. Then wait for the BIOS/Firmware (Boot Manager) to startup

To save a few seconds you may find VM, Power menu, Power on to Firmware

Within the Boot Manager select the CD Rom drive

The screen will say press any key

The in a few seconds the Windows logo will display on a black screen and Windows will start the install

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