Problem joining computers to the domain

When joining a computer to the domain, sometimes the error message (paraphrasing) "Unable to join to domain- this computer may have been created with different credentials, so please check those..."  Something to that effect.  Usually I have no trouble joining newly-imaged machines to the domain...any ideas?  We join computers with our CAC cards, hence our detailed credentials are part of the process.
Follow up:  thanks for the answers...after doing a LOT of digging, it turns out that the computers had been deleted already from the domain; I had to go in and create them again as if brand new- weird, 'cause they weren't on the domain very long to start with.  New sys admins are messing with policies!  So, wa-la, upon creation, they joined just fine.  The error message was very misleading though!  DUHHHH...sorry to put out the question earlier than I should have.
Patrick SmithSr. Help Desk TechAsked:
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Make sure your images are generalized before putting them on new hardware (sysprepped) or you will have issues.
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David GipeCommented:
I would have similar problems Windows 7 / 8.x. What usually would fix (or rejoin a computer which dropped off of the domain) would be to run the "Network ID" wizard, under Computer Properties, System, choose "This is part of a business network ..." and follow-through.

As to why it occurs, not sure ...
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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Try running "sysprep" to give yourself the Out of Box Experience.
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Patrick SmithSr. Help Desk TechAuthor Commented:
Ended up re-creating the computers on the domain, because they had actually been deleted.  After that, piece of cake to join to domain; the error message was quite misleading.  Sorry to put out the question before I had all the information.  Appreciate all the comments though!
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