Installing Kali Linux 2020.2 on a VM and receiving an error during the initial install of the OS.
“Installation step failed” … “the failing step is: Select and install software”
If you are receiving this error, there could be a few causes, including no internet connection, bad install image, or most likely, your install drive is too small. Closeout of the running VM and go back to the machine settings. Increase the drive above 30GB. If you are using a dynamic size disk, make sure it too starts out of a default size above 30GB. The error is caused by the installer seeing that there is not enough free space to install the OS and erroring out.
At the time of writing this, the default size for Kali 2020.2 alone with basic install options is 25GB, not including a swap partition.