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Anonymous
May 15, 2005 8:08:02 AM

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I turned my compter on this morning and the system font (XP)seems to have
gone crazy. Even the welcome screen is garbled with weird characters, it
boots right up to the desktop but nothing is readable, so I cant make any
changes in Windows. The same thing happens in Safe Mode, must be a corrupt
system font.
Anybody know how to fix this problem.
Theo
Anonymous
May 15, 2005 4:35:01 PM

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Hi Theo

Try a System Restore back to a point before the problem occured.

--

Will Denny
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
Please reply to the News Groups


"Theo" <Theo@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:AE08D323-FC7C-4C7E-AC72-81661880BDEA@microsoft.com...
>I turned my compter on this morning and the system font (XP)seems to have
> gone crazy. Even the welcome screen is garbled with weird characters, it
> boots right up to the desktop but nothing is readable, so I cant make any
> changes in Windows. The same thing happens in Safe Mode, must be a corrupt
> system font.
> Anybody know how to fix this problem.
> Theo
Anonymous
May 15, 2005 4:35:02 PM

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I tried that, didnt work. Problem is I've got SP2 installed, can I do a
repair with that installed without stuffing everything up.
Theo

"Will Denny" wrote:

> Hi Theo
>
> Try a System Restore back to a point before the problem occured.
>
> --
>
> Will Denny
> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
> Please reply to the News Groups
>
>
> "Theo" <Theo@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:AE08D323-FC7C-4C7E-AC72-81661880BDEA@microsoft.com...
> >I turned my compter on this morning and the system font (XP)seems to have
> > gone crazy. Even the welcome screen is garbled with weird characters, it
> > boots right up to the desktop but nothing is readable, so I cant make any
> > changes in Windows. The same thing happens in Safe Mode, must be a corrupt
> > system font.
> > Anybody know how to fix this problem.
> > Theo
>
>
>
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Anonymous
May 15, 2005 6:34:11 PM

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Wondering why System Restore did not work?
Did you actually try it, or was it not possible because you could not read
the prompts? We can walk you through it.
At this point, System Restore sure beats a Repair Install of Windows.

Theo wrote:
> I tried that, didnt work. Problem is I've got SP2 installed, can I do
> a repair with that installed without stuffing everything up.
> Theo
>
> "Will Denny" wrote:
>
>> Hi Theo
>>
>> Try a System Restore back to a point before the problem occured.
>>
>> --
>>
>> Will Denny
>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
>> Please reply to the News Groups
>>
>>
>> "Theo" <Theo@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:AE08D323-FC7C-4C7E-AC72-81661880BDEA@microsoft.com...
>>> I turned my compter on this morning and the system font (XP)seems
>>> to have gone crazy. Even the welcome screen is garbled with weird
>>> characters, it boots right up to the desktop but nothing is
>>> readable, so I cant make any changes in Windows. The same thing
>>> happens in Safe Mode, must be a corrupt system font.
>>> Anybody know how to fix this problem.
>>> Theo
Anonymous
May 15, 2005 7:30:01 PM

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I was able to to access Sytem Restore in Safe Mode and used it to go back to
the last best config.Even in safe mode most of the characters are garbled but
not as bad.I'm pretty sure the drive is not corrupt(NTFS)as in safe mode I
can read some of the directories. I think its a corrupt font.
Its funny (Sad really)I've been using ME for over 6 years with very little
problem and only went over to XP Home a week ago and now this. I thought XP
was supposed to be alot more stable than ME(Im using ME now on my old drive).
I dont particularly want to start all over again so any help would be
appreciated.
Theo
Anonymous
May 15, 2005 8:20:38 PM

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Theo, System Restore is not the same as Last Knon Good Configuration.
Let's do a System Restore.
Close down your other applications!
Go to Help and Support.
Type in System Restore Wizard.
Choose the first option.
Click the bottom button on the left.
Today's date is highlighted on the Calendar. Select a date in bold before
your problem started.
Click the middle button.
Click the middle button on this page too.
This will restart your computer.
Let us know how this went!

Theo wrote:
> I was able to to access Sytem Restore in Safe Mode and used it to go
> back to the last best config.Even in safe mode most of the characters
> are garbled but not as bad.I'm pretty sure the drive is not
> corrupt(NTFS)as in safe mode I can read some of the directories. I
> think its a corrupt font.
> Its funny (Sad really)I've been using ME for over 6 years with very
> little problem and only went over to XP Home a week ago and now this.
> I thought XP was supposed to be alot more stable than ME(Im using ME
> now on my old drive). I dont particularly want to start all over
> again so any help would be appreciated.
> Theo
Anonymous
May 15, 2005 8:51:01 PM

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Unfortunately you seem to be under the impression that I can do all these
things from the desktop, I cant. I have to do things through safe mode and
even that is tough as the fonts are pretty badly garbled there as well. I am
going to have another go through safe mode and see what I can do, I'll see if
I can go as far as you instructed.
The other problem is because the drive is NTSF I cant access it through
windows ME on this drive.
Theo

"T. Waters" wrote:

> Theo, System Restore is not the same as Last Knon Good Configuration.
> Let's do a System Restore.
> Close down your other applications!
> Go to Help and Support.
> Type in System Restore Wizard.
> Choose the first option.
> Click the bottom button on the left.
> Today's date is highlighted on the Calendar. Select a date in bold before
> your problem started.
> Click the middle button.
> Click the middle button on this page too.
> This will restart your computer.
> Let us know how this went!
>
> Theo wrote:
> > I was able to to access Sytem Restore in Safe Mode and used it to go
> > back to the last best config.Even in safe mode most of the characters
> > are garbled but not as bad.I'm pretty sure the drive is not
> > corrupt(NTFS)as in safe mode I can read some of the directories. I
> > think its a corrupt font.
> > Its funny (Sad really)I've been using ME for over 6 years with very
> > little problem and only went over to XP Home a week ago and now this.
> > I thought XP was supposed to be alot more stable than ME(Im using ME
> > now on my old drive). I dont particularly want to start all over
> > again so any help would be appreciated.
> > Theo
>
>
>
>
Anonymous
May 15, 2005 9:30:02 PM

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Well I'm back, cant get in to restore, too garbled. I've gone through my
fonts on ME, too try to explain what the characters look like.The characters
are actually the Marlett Font, which are symbols and unreadable. How this
happened I dont know, is there a virus out there that changes your fonts?.
Still not sure what to do, though getting closer.
Theo


"Theo" wrote:

> Unfortunately you seem to be under the impression that I can do all these
> things from the desktop, I cant. I have to do things through safe mode and
> even that is tough as the fonts are pretty badly garbled there as well. I am
> going to have another go through safe mode and see what I can do, I'll see if
> I can go as far as you instructed.
> The other problem is because the drive is NTSF I cant access it through
> windows ME on this drive.
> Theo
>
> "T. Waters" wrote:
>
> > Theo, System Restore is not the same as Last Knon Good Configuration.
> > Let's do a System Restore.
> > Close down your other applications!
> > Go to Help and Support.
> > Type in System Restore Wizard.
> > Choose the first option.
> > Click the bottom button on the left.
> > Today's date is highlighted on the Calendar. Select a date in bold before
> > your problem started.
> > Click the middle button.
> > Click the middle button on this page too.
> > This will restart your computer.
> > Let us know how this went!
> >
> > Theo wrote:
> > > I was able to to access Sytem Restore in Safe Mode and used it to go
> > > back to the last best config.Even in safe mode most of the characters
> > > are garbled but not as bad.I'm pretty sure the drive is not
> > > corrupt(NTFS)as in safe mode I can read some of the directories. I
> > > think its a corrupt font.
> > > Its funny (Sad really)I've been using ME for over 6 years with very
> > > little problem and only went over to XP Home a week ago and now this.
> > > I thought XP was supposed to be alot more stable than ME(Im using ME
> > > now on my old drive). I dont particularly want to start all over
> > > again so any help would be appreciated.
> > > Theo
> >
> >
> >
> >
Anonymous
May 15, 2005 9:45:20 PM

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Still unsure why you cannot boot into normal mode.
In Nomal Mode, Help and Support is the question-mark icon on the Start Menu.
Your first post said you made it to the desktop?
I can instruct you regarding the use of SR In Safe Mode, but I have to
reboot, will take a few minutes.

Theo wrote:
> Well I'm back, cant get in to restore, too garbled. I've gone through
> my fonts on ME, too try to explain what the characters look like.The
> characters are actually the Marlett Font, which are symbols and
> unreadable. How this happened I dont know, is there a virus out there
> that changes your fonts?. Still not sure what to do, though getting
> closer.
> Theo
>
>
> "Theo" wrote:
>
>> Unfortunately you seem to be under the impression that I can do all
>> these things from the desktop, I cant. I have to do things through
>> safe mode and even that is tough as the fonts are pretty badly
>> garbled there as well. I am going to have another go through safe
>> mode and see what I can do, I'll see if I can go as far as you
>> instructed.
>> The other problem is because the drive is NTSF I cant access it
>> through windows ME on this drive.
>> Theo
>>
>> "T. Waters" wrote:
>>
>>> Theo, System Restore is not the same as Last Knon Good
>>> Configuration. Let's do a System Restore.
>>> Close down your other applications!
>>> Go to Help and Support.
>>> Type in System Restore Wizard.
>>> Choose the first option.
>>> Click the bottom button on the left.
>>> Today's date is highlighted on the Calendar. Select a date in bold
>>> before your problem started.
>>> Click the middle button.
>>> Click the middle button on this page too.
>>> This will restart your computer.
>>> Let us know how this went!
>>>
>>> Theo wrote:
>>>> I was able to to access Sytem Restore in Safe Mode and used it to
>>>> go back to the last best config.Even in safe mode most of the
>>>> characters are garbled but not as bad.I'm pretty sure the drive is
>>>> not corrupt(NTFS)as in safe mode I can read some of the
>>>> directories. I think its a corrupt font.
>>>> Its funny (Sad really)I've been using ME for over 6 years with very
>>>> little problem and only went over to XP Home a week ago and now
>>>> this. I thought XP was supposed to be alot more stable than ME(Im
>>>> using ME now on my old drive). I dont particularly want to start
>>>> all over again so any help would be appreciated.
>>>> Theo
Anonymous
May 15, 2005 10:01:03 PM

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I can boot into normal mode and I can get to the desktop, but I cant read
anything, so impossible to get around. I have found the following on the net,
a bloke with exactly the same problem. IE.The Marlett font has taken over his
system.

Question submitted by duff:

The font...Marlett has taken over my machine and I cant figure out how to
get the default font back. It all started with my zeal to keep current with
the Microsoft upgrades by downloading that irritating ServicePack2 and taking
my chances by NOT backing up my hard drive! (Bad Move and lesson learned).
Anyway...my machine really started to go nuts and I tried System Restore to
get sp2 off the machine but it(sp2) didnt want to leave without causing a
little damage. Well, after a period of temporary panic, I tried one of those
FREE registry tweakers (I forgot which one) and that was about the time...the
pesky Marlett font took complete control of my OS and I cant read ANYTHING!
The funny thing is...my ISP is ok except for mouseovers, drop down menus and
some toolbars. Is there a fix for this mess somewhere? I would sure like to
know how to get my OS back to normal. If anyone can help me...Thank you. If
not, well thanx for reading. :) 

Answer from Mike Baynes:

Hi duff. Windows XP SP2 should have created a before-SP2 restore point. It
is a hidden folder on your C drive called $NtServicePackUninstall$ Did you
create a restore point prior to installing the reg hack? You should be able
to restore to that point. XP creates a restore point daily if it is enabled.
Otherwise you can go into Display in Control Panel Click on Appearance tab>
Advanced> Go through the drop down menu and change and Apply the different
fonts in
each of the available windows.



"T. Waters" wrote:

> Still unsure why you cannot boot into normal mode.
> In Nomal Mode, Help and Support is the question-mark icon on the Start Menu.
> Your first post said you made it to the desktop?
> I can instruct you regarding the use of SR In Safe Mode, but I have to
> reboot, will take a few minutes.
>
> Theo wrote:
> > Well I'm back, cant get in to restore, too garbled. I've gone through
> > my fonts on ME, too try to explain what the characters look like.The
> > characters are actually the Marlett Font, which are symbols and
> > unreadable. How this happened I dont know, is there a virus out there
> > that changes your fonts?. Still not sure what to do, though getting
> > closer.
> > Theo
> >
> >
> > "Theo" wrote:
> >
> >> Unfortunately you seem to be under the impression that I can do all
> >> these things from the desktop, I cant. I have to do things through
> >> safe mode and even that is tough as the fonts are pretty badly
> >> garbled there as well. I am going to have another go through safe
> >> mode and see what I can do, I'll see if I can go as far as you
> >> instructed.
> >> The other problem is because the drive is NTSF I cant access it
> >> through windows ME on this drive.
> >> Theo
> >>
> >> "T. Waters" wrote:
> >>
> >>> Theo, System Restore is not the same as Last Knon Good
> >>> Configuration. Let's do a System Restore.
> >>> Close down your other applications!
> >>> Go to Help and Support.
> >>> Type in System Restore Wizard.
> >>> Choose the first option.
> >>> Click the bottom button on the left.
> >>> Today's date is highlighted on the Calendar. Select a date in bold
> >>> before your problem started.
> >>> Click the middle button.
> >>> Click the middle button on this page too.
> >>> This will restart your computer.
> >>> Let us know how this went!
> >>>
> >>> Theo wrote:
> >>>> I was able to to access Sytem Restore in Safe Mode and used it to
> >>>> go back to the last best config.Even in safe mode most of the
> >>>> characters are garbled but not as bad.I'm pretty sure the drive is
> >>>> not corrupt(NTFS)as in safe mode I can read some of the
> >>>> directories. I think its a corrupt font.
> >>>> Its funny (Sad really)I've been using ME for over 6 years with very
> >>>> little problem and only went over to XP Home a week ago and now
> >>>> this. I thought XP was supposed to be alot more stable than ME(Im
> >>>> using ME now on my old drive). I dont particularly want to start
> >>>> all over again so any help would be appreciated.
> >>>> Theo
>
>
>
>
Anonymous
May 15, 2005 10:34:54 PM

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Am I correct in assuming that your icons have not been corrupted and that
you can read them? There is nothing you need to read, other than icons.
If you can read the icon for the Start button and the icon for Help and
Support on the Start menu (the question mark), then you can, I think, follow
the instructions I have given you.
I went into Safe Mode, and, either way, the instructions I have given to you
apply.
What specific difficulties are you encountering that prevent you from
completing the System Restore process?

Theo wrote:
> I can boot into normal mode and I can get to the desktop, but I cant
> read anything, so impossible to get around. I have found the
> following on the net, a bloke with exactly the same problem. IE.The
> Marlett font has taken over his system.
>
> Question submitted by duff:
>
> The font...Marlett has taken over my machine and I cant figure out
> how to get the default font back. It all started with my zeal to keep
> current with the Microsoft upgrades by downloading that irritating
> ServicePack2 and taking my chances by NOT backing up my hard drive!
> (Bad Move and lesson learned). Anyway...my machine really started to
> go nuts and I tried System Restore to get sp2 off the machine but
> it(sp2) didnt want to leave without causing a little damage. Well,
> after a period of temporary panic, I tried one of those FREE registry
> tweakers (I forgot which one) and that was about the time...the pesky
> Marlett font took complete control of my OS and I cant read ANYTHING!
> The funny thing is...my ISP is ok except for mouseovers, drop down
> menus and some toolbars. Is there a fix for this mess somewhere? I
> would sure like to know how to get my OS back to normal. If anyone
> can help me...Thank you. If not, well thanx for reading. :) 
>
> Answer from Mike Baynes:
>
> Hi duff. Windows XP SP2 should have created a before-SP2 restore
> point. It is a hidden folder on your C drive called
> $NtServicePackUninstall$ Did you create a restore point prior to
> installing the reg hack? You should be able to restore to that point.
> XP creates a restore point daily if it is enabled. Otherwise you can
> go into Display in Control Panel Click on Appearance tab> Advanced>
> Go through the drop down menu and change and Apply the different
> fonts in
> each of the available windows.
>
>
>
> "T. Waters" wrote:
>
>> Still unsure why you cannot boot into normal mode.
>> In Nomal Mode, Help and Support is the question-mark icon on the
>> Start Menu. Your first post said you made it to the desktop?
>> I can instruct you regarding the use of SR In Safe Mode, but I have
>> to reboot, will take a few minutes.
>>
>> Theo wrote:
>>> Well I'm back, cant get in to restore, too garbled. I've gone
>>> through my fonts on ME, too try to explain what the characters look
>>> like.The characters are actually the Marlett Font, which are
>>> symbols and unreadable. How this happened I dont know, is there a
>>> virus out there that changes your fonts?. Still not sure what to
>>> do, though getting closer.
>>> Theo
>>>
>>>
>>> "Theo" wrote:
>>>
>>>> Unfortunately you seem to be under the impression that I can do all
>>>> these things from the desktop, I cant. I have to do things through
>>>> safe mode and even that is tough as the fonts are pretty badly
>>>> garbled there as well. I am going to have another go through safe
>>>> mode and see what I can do, I'll see if I can go as far as you
>>>> instructed.
>>>> The other problem is because the drive is NTSF I cant access it
>>>> through windows ME on this drive.
>>>> Theo
>>>>
>>>> "T. Waters" wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Theo, System Restore is not the same as Last Knon Good
>>>>> Configuration. Let's do a System Restore.
>>>>> Close down your other applications!
>>>>> Go to Help and Support.
>>>>> Type in System Restore Wizard.
>>>>> Choose the first option.
>>>>> Click the bottom button on the left.
>>>>> Today's date is highlighted on the Calendar. Select a date in bold
>>>>> before your problem started.
>>>>> Click the middle button.
>>>>> Click the middle button on this page too.
>>>>> This will restart your computer.
>>>>> Let us know how this went!
>>>>>
>>>>> Theo wrote:
>>>>>> I was able to to access Sytem Restore in Safe Mode and used it to
>>>>>> go back to the last best config.Even in safe mode most of the
>>>>>> characters are garbled but not as bad.I'm pretty sure the drive
>>>>>> is not corrupt(NTFS)as in safe mode I can read some of the
>>>>>> directories. I think its a corrupt font.
>>>>>> Its funny (Sad really)I've been using ME for over 6 years with
>>>>>> very little problem and only went over to XP Home a week ago and
>>>>>> now this. I thought XP was supposed to be alot more stable than
>>>>>> ME(Im using ME now on my old drive). I dont particularly want to
>>>>>> start all over again so any help would be appreciated.
>>>>>> Theo
Anonymous
May 15, 2005 11:25:15 PM

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I dont know how how many times I have to say this, but I'll do it again,I
cant read anything, the Marlett font has taken over my machine, if this wasnt
the case I wouldnt be here asking for help, I have been using computers,
since the C64.
Any way I have solved the problem and Windows XP has been fixed, partly on
your insistance on doing a restore.
I'll go throught the procedure in case anyone else has this problem in the
future.

I went through the restore procedure in ME without actually doing it, but
made drawings of the screen and where the buttons were(next etc)also drew the
screen with restore dates.I then put my xp harddrive back in and booted into
safe mode, I took the option of doing a restore.
Because I had the screen drawings I was able to click to the relevant parts
of the screen to proceed. I then picked a garbled date and the restore
started working. On rebooting I found I had gone to the date even before SP2,
but I could read everything. So then I did another restore to my last point
and got all my programmes back.
My last restore point was Adobe reader 7 which was the night before all this
happened, so that must have upset my fonts.
Anyway I'm happy, I've got everything back and I take back what I said about
XP, and thanks for your help T Waters, sorry to be a bit edgy but this was
driving me nuts.
Theo


"T. Waters" wrote:

> Am I correct in assuming that your icons have not been corrupted and that
> you can read them? There is nothing you need to read, other than icons.
> If you can read the icon for the Start button and the icon for Help and
> Support on the Start menu (the question mark), then you can, I think, follow
> the instructions I have given you.
> I went into Safe Mode, and, either way, the instructions I have given to you
> apply.
> What specific difficulties are you encountering that prevent you from
> completing the System Restore process?
>
> Theo wrote:
> > I can boot into normal mode and I can get to the desktop, but I cant
> > read anything, so impossible to get around. I have found the
> > following on the net, a bloke with exactly the same problem. IE.The
> > Marlett font has taken over his system.
> >
> > Question submitted by duff:
> >
> > The font...Marlett has taken over my machine and I cant figure out
> > how to get the default font back. It all started with my zeal to keep
> > current with the Microsoft upgrades by downloading that irritating
> > ServicePack2 and taking my chances by NOT backing up my hard drive!
> > (Bad Move and lesson learned). Anyway...my machine really started to
> > go nuts and I tried System Restore to get sp2 off the machine but
> > it(sp2) didnt want to leave without causing a little damage. Well,
> > after a period of temporary panic, I tried one of those FREE registry
> > tweakers (I forgot which one) and that was about the time...the pesky
> > Marlett font took complete control of my OS and I cant read ANYTHING!
> > The funny thing is...my ISP is ok except for mouseovers, drop down
> > menus and some toolbars. Is there a fix for this mess somewhere? I
> > would sure like to know how to get my OS back to normal. If anyone
> > can help me...Thank you. If not, well thanx for reading. :) 
> >
> > Answer from Mike Baynes:
> >
> > Hi duff. Windows XP SP2 should have created a before-SP2 restore
> > point. It is a hidden folder on your C drive called
> > $NtServicePackUninstall$ Did you create a restore point prior to
> > installing the reg hack? You should be able to restore to that point.
> > XP creates a restore point daily if it is enabled. Otherwise you can
> > go into Display in Control Panel Click on Appearance tab> Advanced>
> > Go through the drop down menu and change and Apply the different
> > fonts in
> > each of the available windows.
> >
> >
> >
> > "T. Waters" wrote:
> >
> >> Still unsure why you cannot boot into normal mode.
> >> In Nomal Mode, Help and Support is the question-mark icon on the
> >> Start Menu. Your first post said you made it to the desktop?
> >> I can instruct you regarding the use of SR In Safe Mode, but I have
> >> to reboot, will take a few minutes.
> >>
> >> Theo wrote:
> >>> Well I'm back, cant get in to restore, too garbled. I've gone
> >>> through my fonts on ME, too try to explain what the characters look
> >>> like.The characters are actually the Marlett Font, which are
> >>> symbols and unreadable. How this happened I dont know, is there a
> >>> virus out there that changes your fonts?. Still not sure what to
> >>> do, though getting closer.
> >>> Theo
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> "Theo" wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> Unfortunately you seem to be under the impression that I can do all
> >>>> these things from the desktop, I cant. I have to do things through
> >>>> safe mode and even that is tough as the fonts are pretty badly
> >>>> garbled there as well. I am going to have another go through safe
> >>>> mode and see what I can do, I'll see if I can go as far as you
> >>>> instructed.
> >>>> The other problem is because the drive is NTSF I cant access it
> >>>> through windows ME on this drive.
> >>>> Theo
> >>>>
> >>>> "T. Waters" wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>>> Theo, System Restore is not the same as Last Knon Good
> >>>>> Configuration. Let's do a System Restore.
> >>>>> Close down your other applications!
> >>>>> Go to Help and Support.
> >>>>> Type in System Restore Wizard.
> >>>>> Choose the first option.
> >>>>> Click the bottom button on the left.
> >>>>> Today's date is highlighted on the Calendar. Select a date in bold
> >>>>> before your problem started.
> >>>>> Click the middle button.
> >>>>> Click the middle button on this page too.
> >>>>> This will restart your computer.
> >>>>> Let us know how this went!
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Theo wrote:
> >>>>>> I was able to to access Sytem Restore in Safe Mode and used it to
> >>>>>> go back to the last best config.Even in safe mode most of the
> >>>>>> characters are garbled but not as bad.I'm pretty sure the drive
> >>>>>> is not corrupt(NTFS)as in safe mode I can read some of the
> >>>>>> directories. I think its a corrupt font.
> >>>>>> Its funny (Sad really)I've been using ME for over 6 years with
> >>>>>> very little problem and only went over to XP Home a week ago and
> >>>>>> now this. I thought XP was supposed to be alot more stable than
> >>>>>> ME(Im using ME now on my old drive). I dont particularly want to
> >>>>>> start all over again so any help would be appreciated.
> >>>>>> Theo
>
>
>
>
Anonymous
May 16, 2005 1:11:50 AM

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Glad you got it sorted.
Sorry I made a distinction between "reading" actual print, and seeing an
icon.
Did not realize the depth of your problem.
Cannot picture a font corrupting an icon, and hope it never happens to me

Theo wrote:
> I dont know how how many times I have to say this, but I'll do it
> again,I cant read anything, the Marlett font has taken over my
> machine, if this wasnt the case I wouldnt be here asking for help, I
> have been using computers, since the C64.
> Any way I have solved the problem and Windows XP has been fixed,
> partly on your insistance on doing a restore.
> I'll go throught the procedure in case anyone else has this problem
> in the future.
>
> I went through the restore procedure in ME without actually doing it,
> but made drawings of the screen and where the buttons were(next
> etc)also drew the screen with restore dates.I then put my xp
> harddrive back in and booted into safe mode, I took the option of
> doing a restore.
> Because I had the screen drawings I was able to click to the relevant
> parts of the screen to proceed. I then picked a garbled date and the
> restore started working. On rebooting I found I had gone to the date
> even before SP2, but I could read everything. So then I did another
> restore to my last point and got all my programmes back.
> My last restore point was Adobe reader 7 which was the night before
> all this happened, so that must have upset my fonts.
> Anyway I'm happy, I've got everything back and I take back what I
> said about XP, and thanks for your help T Waters, sorry to be a bit
> edgy but this was driving me nuts.
> Theo
>
>
> "T. Waters" wrote:
>
>> Am I correct in assuming that your icons have not been corrupted and
>> that you can read them? There is nothing you need to read, other
>> than icons.
>> If you can read the icon for the Start button and the icon for Help
>> and Support on the Start menu (the question mark), then you can, I
>> think, follow the instructions I have given you.
>> I went into Safe Mode, and, either way, the instructions I have
>> given to you apply.
>> What specific difficulties are you encountering that prevent you from
>> completing the System Restore process?
>>
>> Theo wrote:
>>> I can boot into normal mode and I can get to the desktop, but I cant
>>> read anything, so impossible to get around. I have found the
>>> following on the net, a bloke with exactly the same problem. IE.The
>>> Marlett font has taken over his system.
>>>
>>> Question submitted by duff:
>>>
>>> The font...Marlett has taken over my machine and I cant figure out
>>> how to get the default font back. It all started with my zeal to
>>> keep current with the Microsoft upgrades by downloading that
>>> irritating ServicePack2 and taking my chances by NOT backing up my
>>> hard drive! (Bad Move and lesson learned). Anyway...my machine
>>> really started to go nuts and I tried System Restore to get sp2 off
>>> the machine but it(sp2) didnt want to leave without causing a
>>> little damage. Well, after a period of temporary panic, I tried one
>>> of those FREE registry tweakers (I forgot which one) and that was
>>> about the time...the pesky Marlett font took complete control of my
>>> OS and I cant read ANYTHING! The funny thing is...my ISP is ok
>>> except for mouseovers, drop down menus and some toolbars. Is there
>>> a fix for this mess somewhere? I would sure like to know how to get
>>> my OS back to normal. If anyone can help me...Thank you. If not,
>>> well thanx for reading. :) 
>>>
>>> Answer from Mike Baynes:
>>>
>>> Hi duff. Windows XP SP2 should have created a before-SP2 restore
>>> point. It is a hidden folder on your C drive called
>>> $NtServicePackUninstall$ Did you create a restore point prior to
>>> installing the reg hack? You should be able to restore to that
>>> point. XP creates a restore point daily if it is enabled. Otherwise
>>> you can go into Display in Control Panel Click on Appearance tab>
>>> Advanced> Go through the drop down menu and change and Apply the
>>> different fonts in
>>> each of the available windows.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> "T. Waters" wrote:
>>>
>>>> Still unsure why you cannot boot into normal mode.
>>>> In Nomal Mode, Help and Support is the question-mark icon on the
>>>> Start Menu. Your first post said you made it to the desktop?
>>>> I can instruct you regarding the use of SR In Safe Mode, but I have
>>>> to reboot, will take a few minutes.
>>>>
>>>> Theo wrote:
>>>>> Well I'm back, cant get in to restore, too garbled. I've gone
>>>>> through my fonts on ME, too try to explain what the characters
>>>>> look like.The characters are actually the Marlett Font, which are
>>>>> symbols and unreadable. How this happened I dont know, is there a
>>>>> virus out there that changes your fonts?. Still not sure what to
>>>>> do, though getting closer.
>>>>> Theo
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> "Theo" wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Unfortunately you seem to be under the impression that I can do
>>>>>> all these things from the desktop, I cant. I have to do things
>>>>>> through safe mode and even that is tough as the fonts are pretty
>>>>>> badly garbled there as well. I am going to have another go
>>>>>> through safe mode and see what I can do, I'll see if I can go as
>>>>>> far as you instructed.
>>>>>> The other problem is because the drive is NTSF I cant access it
>>>>>> through windows ME on this drive.
>>>>>> Theo
>>>>>>
>>>>>> "T. Waters" wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Theo, System Restore is not the same as Last Knon Good
>>>>>>> Configuration. Let's do a System Restore.
>>>>>>> Close down your other applications!
>>>>>>> Go to Help and Support.
>>>>>>> Type in System Restore Wizard.
>>>>>>> Choose the first option.
>>>>>>> Click the bottom button on the left.
>>>>>>> Today's date is highlighted on the Calendar. Select a date in
>>>>>>> bold before your problem started.
>>>>>>> Click the middle button.
>>>>>>> Click the middle button on this page too.
>>>>>>> This will restart your computer.
>>>>>>> Let us know how this went!
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Theo wrote:
>>>>>>>> I was able to to access Sytem Restore in Safe Mode and used it
>>>>>>>> to go back to the last best config.Even in safe mode most of
>>>>>>>> the characters are garbled but not as bad.I'm pretty sure the
>>>>>>>> drive is not corrupt(NTFS)as in safe mode I can read some of
>>>>>>>> the directories. I think its a corrupt font.
>>>>>>>> Its funny (Sad really)I've been using ME for over 6 years with
>>>>>>>> very little problem and only went over to XP Home a week ago
>>>>>>>> and now this. I thought XP was supposed to be alot more stable
>>>>>>>> than ME(Im using ME now on my old drive). I dont particularly
>>>>>>>> want to start all over again so any help would be appreciated.
>>>>>>>> Theo
Anonymous
May 16, 2005 1:58:01 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage (More info?)

Back on my XP harddrive now, everything fine. It is hard to believe the
extent of the problem. If you can imagine booting up and everything is in
Arabic but worse,even the buttons were missing, you will realize how
difficult it was to do anything. I'm just glad I didnt have to reinstall,
might have been a problem with SP2.
Theo

"T. Waters" wrote:

> Glad you got it sorted.
> Sorry I made a distinction between "reading" actual print, and seeing an
> icon.
> Did not realize the depth of your problem.
> Cannot picture a font corrupting an icon, and hope it never happens to me
>
> Theo wrote:
> > I dont know how how many times I have to say this, but I'll do it
> > again,I cant read anything, the Marlett font has taken over my
> > machine, if this wasnt the case I wouldnt be here asking for help, I
> > have been using computers, since the C64.
> > Any way I have solved the problem and Windows XP has been fixed,
> > partly on your insistance on doing a restore.
> > I'll go throught the procedure in case anyone else has this problem
> > in the future.
> >
> > I went through the restore procedure in ME without actually doing it,
> > but made drawings of the screen and where the buttons were(next
> > etc)also drew the screen with restore dates.I then put my xp
> > harddrive back in and booted into safe mode, I took the option of
> > doing a restore.
> > Because I had the screen drawings I was able to click to the relevant
> > parts of the screen to proceed. I then picked a garbled date and the
> > restore started working. On rebooting I found I had gone to the date
> > even before SP2, but I could read everything. So then I did another
> > restore to my last point and got all my programmes back.
> > My last restore point was Adobe reader 7 which was the night before
> > all this happened, so that must have upset my fonts.
> > Anyway I'm happy, I've got everything back and I take back what I
> > said about XP, and thanks for your help T Waters, sorry to be a bit
> > edgy but this was driving me nuts.
> > Theo
> >
> >
> > "T. Waters" wrote:
> >
> >> Am I correct in assuming that your icons have not been corrupted and
> >> that you can read them? There is nothing you need to read, other
> >> than icons.
> >> If you can read the icon for the Start button and the icon for Help
> >> and Support on the Start menu (the question mark), then you can, I
> >> think, follow the instructions I have given you.
> >> I went into Safe Mode, and, either way, the instructions I have
> >> given to you apply.
> >> What specific difficulties are you encountering that prevent you from
> >> completing the System Restore process?
> >>
> >> Theo wrote:
> >>> I can boot into normal mode and I can get to the desktop, but I cant
> >>> read anything, so impossible to get around. I have found the
> >>> following on the net, a bloke with exactly the same problem. IE.The
> >>> Marlett font has taken over his system.
> >>>
> >>> Question submitted by duff:
> >>>
> >>> The font...Marlett has taken over my machine and I cant figure out
> >>> how to get the default font back. It all started with my zeal to
> >>> keep current with the Microsoft upgrades by downloading that
> >>> irritating ServicePack2 and taking my chances by NOT backing up my
> >>> hard drive! (Bad Move and lesson learned). Anyway...my machine
> >>> really started to go nuts and I tried System Restore to get sp2 off
> >>> the machine but it(sp2) didnt want to leave without causing a
> >>> little damage. Well, after a period of temporary panic, I tried one
> >>> of those FREE registry tweakers (I forgot which one) and that was
> >>> about the time...the pesky Marlett font took complete control of my
> >>> OS and I cant read ANYTHING! The funny thing is...my ISP is ok
> >>> except for mouseovers, drop down menus and some toolbars. Is there
> >>> a fix for this mess somewhere? I would sure like to know how to get
> >>> my OS back to normal. If anyone can help me...Thank you. If not,
> >>> well thanx for reading. :) 
> >>>
> >>> Answer from Mike Baynes:
> >>>
> >>> Hi duff. Windows XP SP2 should have created a before-SP2 restore
> >>> point. It is a hidden folder on your C drive called
> >>> $NtServicePackUninstall$ Did you create a restore point prior to
> >>> installing the reg hack? You should be able to restore to that
> >>> point. XP creates a restore point daily if it is enabled. Otherwise
> >>> you can go into Display in Control Panel Click on Appearance tab>
> >>> Advanced> Go through the drop down menu and change and Apply the
> >>> different fonts in
> >>> each of the available windows.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> "T. Waters" wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> Still unsure why you cannot boot into normal mode.
> >>>> In Nomal Mode, Help and Support is the question-mark icon on the
> >>>> Start Menu. Your first post said you made it to the desktop?
> >>>> I can instruct you regarding the use of SR In Safe Mode, but I have
> >>>> to reboot, will take a few minutes.
> >>>>
> >>>> Theo wrote:
> >>>>> Well I'm back, cant get in to restore, too garbled. I've gone
> >>>>> through my fonts on ME, too try to explain what the characters
> >>>>> look like.The characters are actually the Marlett Font, which are
> >>>>> symbols and unreadable. How this happened I dont know, is there a
> >>>>> virus out there that changes your fonts?. Still not sure what to
> >>>>> do, though getting closer.
> >>>>> Theo
> >>>>>
> >>>>>
> >>>>> "Theo" wrote:
> >>>>>
> >>>>>> Unfortunately you seem to be under the impression that I can do
> >>>>>> all these things from the desktop, I cant. I have to do things
> >>>>>> through safe mode and even that is tough as the fonts are pretty
> >>>>>> badly garbled there as well. I am going to have another go
> >>>>>> through safe mode and see what I can do, I'll see if I can go as
> >>>>>> far as you instructed.
> >>>>>> The other problem is because the drive is NTSF I cant access it
> >>>>>> through windows ME on this drive.
> >>>>>> Theo
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> "T. Waters" wrote:
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>> Theo, System Restore is not the same as Last Knon Good
> >>>>>>> Configuration. Let's do a System Restore.
> >>>>>>> Close down your other applications!
> >>>>>>> Go to Help and Support.
> >>>>>>> Type in System Restore Wizard.
> >>>>>>> Choose the first option.
> >>>>>>> Click the bottom button on the left.
> >>>>>>> Today's date is highlighted on the Calendar. Select a date in
> >>>>>>> bold before your problem started.
> >>>>>>> Click the middle button.
> >>>>>>> Click the middle button on this page too.
> >>>>>>> This will restart your computer.
> >>>>>>> Let us know how this went!
> >>>>>>>
> >>>>>>> Theo wrote:
> >>>>>>>> I was able to to access Sytem Restore in Safe Mode and used it
> >>>>>>>> to go back to the last best config.Even in safe mode most of
> >>>>>>>> the characters are garbled but not as bad.I'm pretty sure the
> >>>>>>>> drive is not corrupt(NTFS)as in safe mode I can read some of
> >>>>>>>> the directories. I think its a corrupt font.
> >>>>>>>> Its funny (Sad really)I've been using ME for over 6 years with
> >>>>>>>> very little problem and only went over to XP Home a week ago
> >>>>>>>> and now this. I thought XP was supposed to be alot more stable
> >>>>>>>> than ME(Im using ME now on my old drive). I dont particularly
> >>>>>>>> want to start all over again so any help would be appreciated.
> >>>>>>>> Theo
>
>
>
>
September 24, 2011 8:54:20 PM

Hello,

I am having this exact problem and it's extremely frustrating. I was finally able to figure out how to restore with someone else over the phone doing it and telling me left button, top choice, right button etc. It restored to an earlier date, rebooted and was fine. Now, every time I turn it off, it does the same thing again. I've had the crazy characters 5 times now. I tried to restore to a date about 3 weeks ago, but the system won't do it. I've run my malware, antivirus and system cleaner...no issues found.

Thanks for any help you can give!

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Hi Theo

Try a System Restore back to a point before the problem occured.

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"Theo" <Theo@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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>I turned my compter on this morning and the system font (XP)seems to have
> gone crazy. Even the welcome screen is garbled with weird characters, it
> boots right up to the desktop but nothing is readable, so I cant make any
> changes in Windows. The same thing happens in Safe Mode, must be a corrupt
> system font.
> Anybody know how to fix this problem.
> Theo

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