Just a really short post on an issue I saw a little while back which I’ve been meaning to get round to documenting.
Whilst working on VM optimization project, I booted up one of my VMs for testing and received the above message during the OOBE stage. Turns out, the reason for this is because I disabled one of the scheduled tasks which I thought looked fairly innocuous, CloudExperienceHost. Turns out this is important to leave enabled, even if you don’t want your VMs connecting to the cloud as the Out of Box Experience uses it. Specifically, the task can be found under:
Resolution : Enable task
I appreciate there are probably other reasons for this error message but this was what the issue was for me.