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Strange language/symbols on the desktop and not in English

by cgramsey / December 3, 2004 11:00 AM PST

HELP! Am hoping someone has an idea how to help me with what has happened on my XP laptop. I was cleaning some temp files, internet cache, cookies and when I rebooted the computer. The desktop got strange symbols under each icon on the desktop. Now it is impossible to determine what any of them mean. Which means I can't run any of the programs because I can't read the symbols! PLEASE HELP
Thank you so much

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Re: Strange language/symbols on the desktop and not in Engli
by Kees Bakker / December 3, 2004 7:44 PM PST

I'm not on a Windows XP computer here, but I suggest you right click on an empty part of the desktop, choose properties and go to the Appearence (or something like that) tab. Then from the checkbox choose Icons and check and reset the font type it has.

If you need more instructions, post so. Somebody with the English version of XP will surely come along.

It's not sure it will help, there can be other corruptions of the fonts, but this is the first thing to try, especially if all other programs (which presumably you can run from Start>Programs) don't experience font problems.

Kees

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Re: Strange language/symbols on the desktop and not in Engli
by cgramsey / December 4, 2004 12:20 AM PST

I need help in getting the laptop back to normal. I have an HP zd7000 laptop with windows XP. Have done a virus scan, spy sweeper scan, and it doesn't show anything. Some of the programs that you open show the wierd symbols and you cannot determine what to do next. While other programs are in English with just a few wierd symbols. But all the names under each icon and on the whole desktop are in these symbols.
PLEASE HELP!

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Re: Strange language/symbols on the desktop and not in Engli
by cgramsey / December 4, 2004 2:18 AM PST

I have solved the problem by reloading the fonts on the computer. For some reason, while deleting the tmp files it also deleted the font file! Therefore the only font available on the desktop was the font called "Marlett". If this happens to anyone else, reload the fonts, reboot and all should be normal.
Thank you for any assistance.

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Re: Strange language/symbols on the desktop and not in Engli
by aNnaMaL43 / November 4, 2011 6:30 AM PDT

So I have the same problem. I have tried to reload my fonts, but this still happens to me at least once a week. I have ran virus scans, spybots, registry cleaners, you name it with no success of finding this pest. I have found that a system restore will correct it for a while, but it keeps coming back. I currently run Windows 7. Has anyone found a cure for this?

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Until the pest is found.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 4, 2011 9:46 AM PDT

No.

But you write about reloading fonts. That's something very odd to do in Windows 7. Can you tell more?

Also, did you have anyone read your hijackthis log?
Bob

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