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A students install is failing after he enters the key with error "Windows installation has encountered an error and needs to be restarted"

It seems a few people have run into this

http://thebackroomtech.com/2008/05/14/windows-server-2008-installation-error-windows-installation-has-encountered-an-error-and-needs-to-be-restarted/

Tonite we re-downloaded - re-burned and re-installed, yet get the same issue. This is a dreamspark download with a legal key. If there is a way to continue the install without entering a key we could not figure it out.

Does anyone know what the solution is?

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Please ask this question on superuser.com . –  chakrit Dec 3 '09 at 9:48
    
......or ServerFault –  marc_s Dec 3 '09 at 10:00
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You can do better than accepting an answer for less than half of your questions asked! Please get in the habit of accepting the best answer provided, the one solving your problem - it's the nice and right thing to do for all those who take their time to read and answer your questions! –  marc_s Dec 3 '09 at 10:01

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Windows Server 2008 can be installed without providing any key; it will work for 30 days without requiring activation.

After the installation is complete, you can enter a key and activate it anytime you want (before the 30-days trial period ends).

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IM sorry, but we were not able to get the installer to go past requesting the key. Is there some trick to this or perhaps it triggers a flag if you try to enter a key? –  Mike Trader Dec 3 '09 at 22:37
    
It usually just gives you a warning and then goes on happily if you confirm. –  Massimo Dec 3 '09 at 23:26

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