By default, Windows System Image Manager adds a specialize pass phase to configure Internet Explorer. Normally it doesn’t matter if you leave this configuration in the unattend.xml file, but it appears to cause problems with Windows 7 installations that have Internet Explorer 10 installed.
If your attempt to restore a Windows 7 image that includes Internet Explorer 10 with a task sequence that includes amd64_Microsoft-Windows-IE_InternetExplorer_neutral or x86_Microsoft-Windows-IE_InternetExplorer_neutral in the specialize pass, you will get an error during the Sysprep configuration phase when the image is restored.
Open the Task Sequence, click the OS Info tab, and click Edit Unattend.xml. When Windows System Image Manager opens, expand the 4 specialize section and delete amd64_Microsoft-Windows-IE_InternetExplorer_neutral or x86_Microsoft-Windows-IE_InternetExplorer_neutral.
Save the unattend.xml file, and you should now be able to restore your image without incident.
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