Hyper-V and Server 2016: Windows cannot find the Microsoft Software License Terms

When you try to install Windows Server 2016 in a virtual machine on Hyper-V, you may get the following error:

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


It means that your VM has not enough memory assigned. In this example, I assigned 512MB to my virtual machine which is not enough. So I increased to 1024MB and restart the installation process without error:



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I work as a System Engineer, based in Switzerland with a primary focus on Microsoft technologies. I have 8 years experience in administering Windows Servers. . I am a Microsoft MVP for Cloud & Datacenter Management. I also received the PowerShell Hero 2016 award by PowerShell.0rg. And finally, I am "MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure", "MCSA: Windows Servers", "Administering & Deploying SCCM", and CheckPoint CCSA certified.