We are a school district using Microsoft MDT 2102 to deploy windows 7 enterprise images. During the process as it is first entering windows the deployment process fails with an error message: "windows could not parse or process the unattend
answer file for pass [specialize] the settings specified in the answer file cannot be applied. the error was detected while processing setting for component [microsoft windows_shell_setup].
we have a VLK license key in the answer file.
this process worked fine until 4/2013. at that time the build number of windows 7 enterprise changed.
The best way to troubleshoot those errors is to boot into Windows PE on the failed machine and look at the setup logs. I have seen this error several times and it can be any invalid value in the Windows_Shell_Setup Unattend file that is run during
the Specialize phase. The most common is an invalid ComputerName. The files below can be investigated for the failure:
Contains information about device changes, driver changes, and major system changes, such as service pack installations and hotfix installations.
Note This log file is used only by Microsoft Windows XP and earlier versions.
Contains information about setup actions during the installation.
Contains information about setup errors during the installation.
Contains information about the user directory structure. This information includes security identifiers (SIDs).
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