Sorry if I'm being to brief or inconcise with my responses. I'll try to answer/clarify per questions/statements you wrote:"I think I understand...the repair install does not complete and the license code is required when doing a repair install."
Yes, the repair install completed. There was an option to type in the activation code during the install but i skipped it because it was late and wanted to just continue in the morning and I didn't want to look for my XP box so late.
To the best of my memory, you can install XP and do the activation after the install as it is now prompting me. I can only assume it's not an immediate necessity since it did complete the repair install. It did, however, ask me to install my SATA drivers somewhere along the way.
"FWIW: You are not in Windows when doing a repair install or any other type of install...you cannot install Windows from within Windows."
Yes, I was not in windows (alternate OS or screwy OS) during the install. I used my XP CD to do the install from the boot. As you mentioned, you cannot install the OS from within the OS."Depending on what the original problem was...a repair install may not overcome it.
Let's start at the beginning of your problems.
What symptoms did the system display...and why did you think a repair install would overcome such?"
My original problem was that, for some reason, all my letters in the OS changed to some set of symbols. Otherwise, the OS worked fine as i was still able to navigate parts of it from my memory and from the icons. I gave up as it was worse than trying to figure out an OS in another language.
I wish i could find the link wherein someone stated that they were able to reset their fonts via "repair install".
"Did you run a chkdsk /r on the troubled install?"
No, i did not."Did you run a hard drive diagnostic on the hard drive before attempting repair?"
Yes I did via HD Tune Pro 4.60 or 4.61 and Seagate SeaTools quick diagnostics. A full slew of diagnostics (sector checks, SMART diagnostics, speed, etc). All reported that the drive was in good working order. I also did an "SFC /SCANNOW" from within the CMD window and that completed without any problems as well. I think that the CMD window was the only part left in the OS that was in English."Is there any reason to suspect that your system is infected with malware?"
Not to my knowledge. I suspect it may have been because of cleaning my OS with Comodo System Cleaner but, I can't say for certain. Also, I used updated Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, MS Security Essentials, and SUPERAntiSpyware to do full scans before and after just to double check.
This link may also clarify what i did: Windows Repair Install
. Scroll down to the portion that mentions "XP Repair install".
I hope this clarifies my situation better.