I've been using Particle Fire as my default screen saver on multiple machines for some time now, but recently, I've encountered an issue with the installation on my laptop. A week or so ago, I inexplicably began getting that wondererful ...has encountered an error and has to close dialog box from Windows XP every time the screen saver tried to come on, offering to notify Microsoft of the problem. Well, I had a bunch of programs running at the time, so after a bit, I shut everything down and rebooted, figuring that it was a system resources issue.
For a couple of days, all was well once more, but this evening it started doing it again. So I closed everything down and restarted again. Except it didn't help this time. So I uninstalled Particle Fire, downloaded the newest version, and tried to run it. Still no joy. I get the same error when trying to preview the screen saver as I would if I let it load normally after the 15 minute delay. However, the mini-preview on the screensaver screen displays fine.
I have tried uninstalling, rebooting, and reinstalling, uninstalling and reinstalling without rebooting, and nothing seems to work. On the theory that something in the registry that isn't getting deleted with an uninstall was corrupted, I even hunted through Regedit and deleted all references I could find for particle fire but that didn't help either (I must have missed something, though, because on the next install, it still knew my registration key). Help?