Deploying Windows 8 Consumer Preview with MDT 2012 RC1

After importing the Windows 8 CP sources to the MDT 2012 RC1 Deployment Share, and making a Task Sequence with the new OS image, I knew my Windows 8 experience was delayed because of this error;


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

Other sources say to remove the floppy drive from the VM, but this didn’t solved the ProductKey issue for me:


The solution was rather simple, I had to change SkipProductKey to NO in customsettings.ini.


After changing SkipProductKey=0, the Deployment Wizard asks for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview product key, and the deployment will proceed like it should.



Get Windows 8 Consumer Preview and the ProductKey from Microsoft.