Odd error – Windows could not parse or process the unattended answer file for pass[specialize]

Have you seen this odd error before?

WindowsPassError

I am trying to install some new software in my lab and during the deployment of the Win2K12 template – just after deployment and start up, I saw this error message on the console.

Google would have had me edit unattend.xml, and there were other ideas around that too.  But one mentioned license and something clicked for me.

My problem was I had accidentally copied a Customization Specification that had been used for a Win7 deployment.  So here I was using a Win7 PID with Win2K12.  So I copied a Win2K12 code into the Customization Spec and tried again.  All good!

Only took me an hour to figure this out.

Hope this helps you avoid it!

Michael

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