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DisplayFusion Crashes on load

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I tried running DisplayFusion today, and it crashed upon loading, error message as follows: "DisplayFusion has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience." I updated to the latest version, and I still received the same error. The only thing that I can think of that may have changed on my system since the last time I ran DisplayFusion is running Windows Update. The last time Windows Update ran, it said it was installing Service Pack 3, but it didn't force a restart and even after restarting, my System Properties still says I'm running Service Pack 2.

Here's the Error signature:

EventType: clr20r3 P1: displayfusion.exe P2: P3: 481489e5 P4: mscorlib P5: P6: 471ebc5b P7: 1c4c P8: 0 P9: system.typeloadexception

Here's My Comp Specs:

Windows XP
Home Edition
Service Pack 2
Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.2 GHz
2.00 GB of RAM
GPU: nVidia GeForce 7600 GT

Has anyone tried running DisplayFusion on Windows XP SP3? Has anyone else encountered this problem? Does anyone know what registry entries DisplayFusion edits to change the wallpapers? Can I edit those entries manually in the meantime?
May 9, 2008  • #1
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
It sounds like something got really messed up during that update. I would try uninstalling and reinstalling the .NET Framework 2.0. You can find a link to it on the DisplayFusion download page.

I am using DisplayFusion in Windows XP Pro with SP3 without any issues, so I know it is compatible. Maybe you can give the SP3 install another try as well, it sounds like it may have failed the first time. Let me know how you make out.
May 10, 2008  • #2
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Thank you Jon, I'm pretty sure you were right. I finally got around to fixing this. Here's what I did to fix the problem (as I'm sure there are others who can learn from my solution):

At first I did exactly as you recommended, I tried both reinstalling SP3 and reinstalling the .NET Framework. SP3 installed fine, but DisplayFusion still crashed on load. I couldn't reinstall or uninstall either .NET Framework 1.0 or 2.0, all I got was an error message that the uninstall failed. At this point I knew that DisplayFusion needs the .NET Framework to run, and I just assumed that it got corrupted when Windows Update tried to install SP3. After a long while, I found the time to investigate this problem, and stumbled upon a solution, called "Windows Install Clean Up". Windows Install Clean Up is a utility Microsoft makes to allow you to uninstall corrupted installs of any program (If MSFT didn't totally suck, this feature would just be a part of windows, am I right?). Once I installed it, it was no problem to remove all the .NET installs and reinstall the latest versions. Afterwords, I had to uninstall and reinstall DisplayFusion before it would work again (and of course I restarted after every point to make sure everything installed properly).

Download Windows Install Clean Up: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301

So, I'm certain that it was a corrupted install of the .NET Framework. If anyone else can't uninstall .NET, tell them to use this utility. Hopefully this will help others who run into this problem.
Jan 31, 2009  • #3
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Thank you very much for following-up with this issue. I really couldn't think of anything else it could be, so I'm glad a re-install of the framework fixed your issue. I'm sorry you had to jump through so many hoops to get the framework removed though, what a complicated process. Glad to hear it's all working well now.
Feb 1, 2009  • #4
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