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"Windows could not parse or process the unattended answer file.." after SDR recovery

Created: 25 Apr 2014 • Updated: 29 Apr 2014 | 2 comments
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I am trying to restore a Server 2008 R2 system using Simplified Disaster Recovery.

The recovery seems to go smoothly, but when I restart my machine I get the following error:

Windows could not parse or process the unattended 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 found these articles:

...but I can't see the options "Use Restore Anywhere" or "Run Windows Mini-setup" in the SDR GUI anywhere so I can't impliment either of these solutions. Am I being blind or were these options only available in earlier versions of Simplified DR Recovery?

I have successfully managed to recover a different Server 2008 R2 system so I know my procedure & hardware are ok.

Operating Systems:

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Colin Weaver's picture

Ok those two articles are for SSR (or BESR) SRD, BE SDR is different


that said we do have a method to do the same thing

fred2k's picture

Thanks Colin, yes that did the trick.

Still weird that I didn't run into this problem on the other recovery I did (using the same SDR recovery disk and for the same O/S) but hey-ho!