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Sysprep on Windows 8.1

I have been re-training myself on using Microsoft SysPrep. I haven’t used it since Windows XP.  Testing it out on Windows 8.1 and was getting failures.  KB2769827 has the resolution to the “A fatal error occurred while trying to sysprep the machine”.  Several packages must be removed prior to running sysprep.  It works but it is tedious!

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2769827

Posted from Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.

Ford Sync 2.0 with My Ford Touch Wallpaper

Here are instructions for how to add custom wallpapers to your Ford Sync 2.0 with My Ford Touch. The default background is solid black backdrop. There is a logo.jpg stored of the Ford blue oval logo. You can also add your own.

When adding your own you are prompted that the file must match the following requirements:

  • File must be less than 1.5Mb
  • File must be a .jpg .png .gif or .bmp – I suggest either .png or .jpg
  • Maximum of 32 images can be loaded into the car’s memory
  • Pixel Dimension of image must be 800×384

Using your favorite graphics editing program you can create your images. I use Gimp to the specifications listed above.

Once you have your image created, copy it to a USB Flash Drive. The Flash Drive needs to be formatted with the FAT32 File System.

With your image(s) on your flash drive head to your vehicle and follow these steps:

  1. Insert USB Flash Drive to the USB Port
  2. Turn on the car to accessory power
  3. Press the Settings button (Gear Wheel Icon)
  4. Tap Display from the left column
  5. Tap Edit Wallpaper
  6. Tap Add
  7. Tap through to find file on USB Device
  8. Tap each file you want to add it will be saved to Sync
  9. Tab the back button to the Wallpaper Editor screen
  10. Tap one of your added images, then tap Save
  11. Tap the home button to see your artwork!

I have a video on Youtube below as well, with the in car process:

To make it all MSU Spartans all around after my Sync wallpaper addition, top it all off with my new snazzy MSU plate with some Pure Michigan:

msu helmet (Large)

Sparty Plate

You can also download the wallpapers below. Some of them were images I found on the internet and modified to fit the specifications required by Ford.

MSU1

MSU2

StarTrek1

StarTrek2

UofM1

UofM2