character set all messed up in OS

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captjack44

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Help!

Messed up my pc big time. OS is Windows XP Professional. I was cleaning up the pc removing some software. When I rebooted, all the text on the OS shows up in unprintable characters. Text below icons, text in start menu, text on explorer, just about everything. Am using another pc to post this.

Here are some screen shots (hope they show up):

http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/8853/badscreen1yl7.jpg
http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/9126/badscreen2fp3.jpg

Not sure what I did. Any ideas?

Thanks!
 
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Have you checked your fonts in Control Panel looks like a corrupt Font Type or missing Font meaning the system will revert to another. I know I spent ages on a laptop with a similar problem I eventually learnered it was starting with Number Lock ON but there was no number keypad that messed up all my typing. I use a good Font Manager specially for issues like this 'Serif - Font Manager X3' it check all Font sets on system quite good. Hope this is of some use

Shawn
 

captjack44

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I can see that there are files in the folder, but that's about it. Can't read the names or attributes. I navigate the folders using a second pc that I can compare icons to. The good news is if I click on a file and hit Properties, I can see the file name (not garbled) in the text box at the top. Plus, when I select a font file it comes up in the Windows Font Viewer.

How would I go about changing the default font?
 
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captjack44, ouch!! I have never heard of that before...
try this search and see if you can find any answers;
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&...=WcE&q=changing+the+default+font+&btnG=Search

*If not try CHKDSK or SFC to restore your system files;
First try this;
CHKDSK
How to perform disk error checking in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315265

Then try this;
System File Check
http://www.pchomecall.org.uk/support/sfc.htm
Make sure you read the whole tutorial first OK.

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1. Click Start, and then Run.
2. In Open, type cmd, and then press ENTER.
3. To repair errors, locate bad sectors, and recover readable information, at the command prompt, type chkdsk volume:/r, and then press ENTER.
Volume is the hard drive usually called local disk C:
 
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