Deploying Windows 7 Image using Sysprep -audit -oobe results Inaccessible Network Printers

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Consider the following scenario

  • You have mapped Network Printers for the user.
  • You make this user profile as DEFAULT using KB 973289 How to customize default user profiles in Windows 7
  • You run Sysprep to deploy a Windows 7 image using sysprep –audit and sysprep –oobe (System Out-of-Box Experience)
  • UAC (User Access Control) is enabled.

In this scenario, the Network Printers results to be inaccessible and grayed out. When we click to open them, they throw the following error:

0x00000005 – Access Is Denied

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