"Illegal Operation" Error Message Changing Desktop Themes

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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. If the problem persists, contact the program vendor.
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 (version4.40.311). 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 Download Center:
For additional information about how to download Microsoft Support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services
Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help to prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.NOTE: The new version of the Themes.exe file is also included on theMicrosoft Office 97 CD-ROM in the following location
   <drive>:\Valupack\Patch				
where <drive> is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive.

NOTE: Microsoft Plus! for Kids installs version 3.0 of the JPEG filter andthe updated Themes.exe file. If you reinstall Microsoft Plus!, you canoverwrite the updated Themes.exe file and the issue can occur.

NOTE: The new version of the Themes.exe file is also included on theMicrosoft FrontPage 98 CD-ROM in the following location
   <drive>:\Patch\Themes				
where <drive> is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive.
More information
The updated Themes.exe file supports the new compression used for .jpgfiles.

Programs known to update graphics filters include Microsoft Office 97,Microsoft Picture It! version 1.0, Microsoft FrontPage 97, MicrosoftInternet Explorer version 4.0, and Microsoft Internet Explorer version4.01.

For additional information about this problem, please see the followingarticle in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
156312 OFF97: Page Fault After Using Desktop Themes Control Panel

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Article ID: 160846 - Last Review: 11/02/2013 23:27:00 - Revision: 3.0

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