Themes wont work. Error!

Hi every one.  I am trying to use themes in windows 98.  I installed them using add/remove programs of the win98 cd.  I was able to get it to install Ok and initially set up the science theme.  Now I want to change it and get an error message every time I press apply or OK, this is the error I have been getting.

"this program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down. If the problem persists contact the program vendor"

Then this from the details button:
THEMES caused an invalid page fault in
module <unknown> at 0000:005302f4.
EAX=ffffffff CS=015f EIP=005302f4 EFLGS=00010202
EBX=00000190 SS=0167 ESP=0064f0c0 EBP=00000782
ECX=00000000 DS=0167 ESI=bff772fc FS=3697
EDX=81a9200c ES=0167 EDI=bff5581c GS=0000
Bytes at CS:EIP:
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Stack dump:
00000782 bff5581c bff772fc 00000190 00409792 00410af0 0064f9f4 0064f9dc 000004a8 0064fa26 0064f128 0000000b 00000000 00000000 bff548c6 00000c09

Has any one else encountered this?  if so how do I fix it.

All help appreciated.
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Leisha, this occurs if either (a) the DefaultIcon registry key is missing or damaged or (b) Themes.exe is outdated or corrupt.

Try this and let me know!

Obtain the latest version of the Themes.exe file. To do so, follow these steps:
1. Click Start, and then click Windows Update.
2. On the Microsoft Windows Update Web site, click to select the check boxes for
   any available desktop themes you want to install.
3. Click Download, and then follow the instructions on your screen.
Re-create the DefaultIcon registry key. To do so, follow these steps:
1. Use Registry Editor to delete the following registry key, if it exists:
2. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click
   Desktop Themes.
3. In the Theme box, click the desktop theme you want, and then click OK.
4. Restart your computer.


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LeishaAuthor Commented:
Ok.  Will let you know as soon as I am able to get back to that computer.

Okay Leisha!
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LeishaAuthor Commented:
Ok, I am downloading all the new themes as suggested.  

the registry key you listed could not be found using the find function in regedit.  I assume it is not there.  I also attempted to find just the last part of the key, but to this stage no luck.

I assume it does not exist in my registry.  I will let you know how it goes with the down load of the themes.  So far I still have an hour to go!

Okay Leisha, as long as you looked and that key is not there, than that's a good start.
LeishaAuthor Commented:
Well thank you very much.  Themes now work.  As well, I have four lovely new themes I did not have in the past.

The down load of themes from the windows update site was a very good solution to this problem.

Does it work with win95 too?  I have a win95 computer showing a similar problem.

Thanks again. *S*
I believe there are some for Windows 95 *S*, but I haven't worked with that OS in months. I believe that MS has a download site for updates to Windows 95 and Office that may have something.
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