My windows 10 show garbage characters, I guess I didn't do anything special, but when I start my computer, it looks like this now. is there anything I can do right now?enter image description here

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    Did you change the language or anything like that? – MC10 Aug 3 '15 at 14:34
  • I didn't change language, but I think I installed a font before last shut down. But I did install fonts on windows 7 or 8, never had this problem before. – Timeless Aug 3 '15 at 14:36
  • Oh ok. Well try this, Control Panel → Appearance and Personalization → under Fonts select Change Font Settings → Restore default font settings. – MC10 Aug 3 '15 at 14:45
  • @MC10 I'm not sure if you could help me take a screenshot of this page, I'm not able to recognize the characters. – Timeless Aug 3 '15 at 14:52
  • Oh yeah, I'll post an answer with screenshots. – MC10 Aug 3 '15 at 14:53

Since OP cannot read the menus, use the images for reference.

Open Control Panel and go to Appearance and Personalization.


Now under Fonts select Change Font Settings.


In the new window that opens, under Font Settings, click Restore default font settings.


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  • Dang, that's unfortunate. Is there any system restore you can do? How did you install the font? – MC10 Aug 3 '15 at 15:58
  • I double clicked a .ttc file and the font be installed. I guess it is the decoding part is wrong. – Timeless Aug 3 '15 at 16:14
  • Oh... that's a Mac OS X font file. You would have to convert it. I'm not sure how to restore your system though. Try running sfc/ scannow or you may have to do a reset. Do you have any system restores available? – MC10 Aug 3 '15 at 16:16
  • yes, didn't think much, our designer put the font inside the dropbox, I just made a try to install. I guess I will try to reinstall or rollback to win 8.1. – Timeless Aug 3 '15 at 16:19
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    @MichaelBailey I'm not sure but that is probably possible. I think he mentioned in chat that he eventually chose to rollback to Windows 8.1 for the time being though. – MC10 Aug 4 '15 at 23:28

I've just had this same problem. I was able to fix it by reinstalling all fonts from a font directory I keep as a back-up.

Now, of course the question is: how do you get to this back-up font directory? :-) I was lucky enough to have stored that directory on a home server, so I could access it from another computer and simply count the n-th directory from the top, and so forth.

Good luck!

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  • You could also do this by booting from recovery media and copying the Fonts folder from a working computer. – Ben N Feb 9 '16 at 15:18

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