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Does Sysprep cause printer drivers to disappear when imaging?

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I am using a DellKace deployment box to image 90+ machines that all have the same image.  I did a scripted install (Windows 7 Pro) and then finished up installing additional items (software, a few unique device drivers and printers and their specific settings) to create a "GoldenImage" for deployment.  Sysprep-ed the machine and when deployed to another machine - the printers, their settings and drivers disappear. What is causing this?  I am beating my head against the wall trying to unlock this little mystery.  
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Going to post an answer to my own question in hopes it helps others: Sysprep will cause printers and their drivers to disappear.

I added the attached code to my Unattend file and it solved my issue.  All printers, drivers, and their settings were deployed to other laptops without any issues. I did designate a single USB port on the machines as the printer "port" - not sure if that matters but I wasn't taking any chances.
<settings pass="generalize">

    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-PnpSysprep" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">

      <DoNotCleanUpNonPresentDevices>true</DoNotCleanUpNonPresentDevices>

      <PersistAllDeviceInstalls>true</PersistAllDeviceInstalls>

    </component>

  </settings>

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This link also share more information about the generalize pass during the sysprep process:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766005(WS.10).aspx
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