Fixing ‘Windows cannot find the Microsoft Software License Terms’ error during Windows 10 Installation

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Well, I got this error during my Windows 10 installation on an Acer laptop using a bootable USB created using Rufus from the Windows 10 all-in-one ISO. The error message simply told me to check the installation media:

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Surprisingly, the solution to this problem is pretty simple. Just create a file name ei.cfg with the following content:

[Channel]
OEM

After that, place it in the sources folder of the installation media. If you are installing from a DVD, you may need to use an ISO editor tool such as WinISO to modify the original ISO image and reburn the DVD. If there exists an ei.cfg file in the same folder, you may choose to overwrite the file, which will allow you to select the edition to install (Home, Pro, Enterprise) during setup. If you wish to keep the original ei.cfg file, at least change the Channel value from Retail to OEM as the issue is caused by attempting to install the Enterprise edition of Windows 10 from retail DVDs.

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7 thoughts on “Fixing ‘Windows cannot find the Microsoft Software License Terms’ error during Windows 10 Installation

  • May 23, 2016 at 10:46 pm
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    Thanks a lot, it worked :)

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  • June 6, 2016 at 6:17 pm
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    Can you write exactly how can I make the folder and it’s contents I’m little confused,Thanks

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  • June 10, 2016 at 11:07 am
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    Hello. Yes so basically open up a text document and Type :
    [Channel]
    OEM

    Then click on File > Save As > Change file type to all type and save it as ei.cfg. :)

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  • October 21, 2016 at 3:24 am
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    Hi .. I did a you said but its not working yet

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  • November 8, 2016 at 4:52 pm
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    Hi Harsha,

    What is the error message you get?

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  • November 24, 2016 at 12:24 am
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    It did work, but when I choose Windows 8.1 Pro it still gives me the error, but when I chose Windows 8 it worked fine. But still, is there a solution for that?

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  • January 20, 2017 at 4:14 am
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    well, not for me. I did it and it simply didn’t work.

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