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Problem with Plus! themes

Posted on 1997-04-07
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This is driving me insane!  I don't know what happened, but when the Themes program decompresses a .jpg image (to bring up a new background), I get an error msg saying that an illegal operation has been performed.  I CAN, however, change to a theme that has a .bmp image that does not need to be decompressed ... it's just the ones with .jpg (such as the nature theme)  ....  this worked fine a couple of weeks ago, and nothing new has been installed!

-No other programs are running when I try ... no go
-I have uninstalled and reinstalled Plus! ... no go
-I CAN view the .jpgs in other viewers
-I have updated the display driver ... no go

Please help!
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go to: http://www.microsoft.com/kb/articles/q160/8/46.htm and your problem is solved.
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SYMPTOMS
When you change to a desktop theme that uses a .jpg file for the wall- paper, you may receive the following error message:
This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down.
                   CAUSE
A graphic filter for .jpg files has been updated by another program.
              RESOLUTION
Microsoft has released a new version of the Themes.exe file (version 4.40.311). Replace the Themes.exe file in the C:\Program Files\Plus! folder with this new version.

The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Software Library:
                   ~ Themes.exe (size: 86016 bytes)
For more information about downloading files from the Microsoft Software Library, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
                    ARTICLE-ID: Q119591
TITLE     : How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services
NOTE: The new version of the Themes.exe file is also included with Microsoft Office 97.
NOTE: Microsoft Plus! for Kids installs version 3.0 of the JPEG filter and the updated Themes.exe file. If you reinstall Microsoft Plus!, you can overwrite the updated Themes.exe file and the issue can occur.

                   MORE INFORMATION
The updated Themes.exe file supports the new compression used for .jpg files.
Programs known to update graphics filters include Microsoft Office 97, Microsoft Picture It! version 1.0, and Microsoft FrontPage 97.
For additional information about this problem, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
                      ARTICLE-ID: Q156312
TITLE OFF97: Page Fault After Using Desktop Themes Control Panel
NOTE: You may not be able to open any of the theme wallpapers included with Microsoft Plus! when you are using the new Themes.exe file. To correct this, rename the Themes.exe file and extract the original Themes.exe file from your original Microsoft Plus! disks or CD-ROM.
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Hi Rek,
  I'm courious. Did you get the Themes.exe? and did that solve your problem?

bwil@erinet.com
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by:ReK
ID: 1745354
You nailed the problem right on!  Yes, I got the new file and everything works great now.  I guess everything got screwed up when I installed MS FrontPage.

Thanks for your help
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