windows installation has encountered an error and needs to be rest

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Dan, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. Dan

    Dan Guest


    We work at a university, and we have obtained a license key for Vista
    Business. When installing, I enter the product key when prompted and get the
    error: windows installation has encountered an error and needs to be
    restarted. We bypass it, Vista installs, we get online and activate it with
    the same product key, and everything works fine.

    Trying to setup the autounattend.xml file, and keep having the same problem
    - it bombs at where the product key needs to be entered. Granted, I can
    probably skip this in the xml file, but I want this to be as complete as
    possible for installation on all our workstations.

    I found this post tha said something where the guy had the worng install for
    his version of windows, which is why he was getting the error:

    "Note also that MSDN Product Keys only work with MSDN versions of Windows. If
    you try to plug an MSDN key into setup from a retail disk of Vista, it won't
    work. If you are using an MSDN key, you *must* use an MSDN version of
    Windows: either on DVD, if you get the physical media in your subscription;
    or else download and burn an ISO file from the MSDN site."

    Is this possibly my problem? Is there a way around it?

    Dan, Feb 5, 2008
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