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Set up could not parse or process the unnattend answer file for pass [specialize]

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Last Modified: 2014-06-11
I created an install image for a HP EliteBook 840 g1 with Windows 7 pro 64bit.  I uploaded it to our WDS server (Windows Server 2008 R2) and created an unattended installation file.  When I attempted to deploy this image the client computers displayed the following error:

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 settings for component [Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup].

I didn't have time to investigate the answer file, so I "detached" it from the install image and attempted to push the image again but received the same error (despite the answer file being disabled for this image).  The problem is this:  Client laptops that were part of the first round of installs with the answer file attached continue to receive this error.  All "fresh" laptops have been installing and booting up with no problem.  How can previous failed installation attempts continue to cause this issue?  

So far I have tried: Recreating and uploading the install image,  formatting the client hard drives,  DBAN (Darick's Boot and Nuke) to clear the MBR.
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