Yesterday I download the SharePoint 2013 RTM bits from MSDN and created a brand new VM with all the updated bits.
While configuring SharePoint in the Standalone mode I had the below issue:
This is a known issue since 2010 and is related to the Search Service. I was able to resolve this by sharing the correct folder under
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Servers\14.0\Data\Office Server\Applications and assigning the required permissions as described here.