810Bourne, I'm seriously trying not to laugh. Your problem is not funny, but I just keep sitting here seeing you face those WEBDINGs for I know what the problem is like! So let's fix it, k?
First way to fix it, is oddly enough, to use a Linux stick to boot your machine. Buy one at Amazon or if you wanna DIY (faster, can do it in an hour).. make one. You'll end up needing that stick to do all kinds of housekeeping with Windows, so it will come in handy for later things. I suggest Linux Mint 17, especially the KDE flavor, for its desktop is most like Windows in appearance and 'philosophy'.
Next, you need to find an old Windows 95 program file called 'Plus!' on some old Windows 98 or 95 machine or disk lying around, part of your Program Files. Video here in its last half shows that folder and its contents. I'd rather you tried to find it locally, as I'm not sure about the copyright to the downloads that are offered online. BC (and me too for that matter) is quite strict about not pirating. So I won't upload it for anyone, though I have more than one legal copy, myself.
- Get that Plus! file, at least use a theme in it or make one on an XP or Win7 machine using the program, store the theme in the Themes folder (with all its parts you themed, all in same folder).
- Use the Linux stick to boot your computer (when the computer is off), copy the Plus! folder you just modified, to your Windows 10 machine's Program Files x86. The Linux version of File Explorer will have different names and will be familiar for the Windows directories (ignore everything else). These Linux programs are named Dolphin or Caja or just File Manager. Its icon should be on the Linux desktop; but if not, click in the Linux lower left corner for its own Start Menu with intelligible options. Find the one which says 'file manager', use it to copy Plus! to the Program Files x86 in Windows.
- While you're there, go to Windows Fonts and sort the fonts by DATE DESCENDING. Then scroll down and delete Webdings and Wingdings from the Windows/Fonts directory. Heh. Make sure the Fonts just before and after them are readable. For I suspect the problem is, your prior Windows didn't have the expected default font, or it got deleted, so Win10 just auto-selects the next font by date it was installed into the OS. (Windows 10 uses Segoe as the default, or sometimes Trebuchet MS, depends on the build; yours is probably missing).
- When done, turn machine off, unplug the stick, wait a few minutes, then boot in Windows 10.
At this point, due to #3, your problem might be solved without Plus! Even so, you'll want to have recourse to changing desktop fonts for a lot of other reasons, and Win10 doesn't allow that. So, you'll still need, Plus!
So, then do the steps I outlined here (search 'Actually, those other methods' to get to my post), or here.. and run THEMES.EXE . The context in that link is Win8, but it works the same in Win10. (Video shows the steps in Win7, but the video recorder made the result not show up.)
Your Windows 10 fonts will become whatever you created in that THEME, unless the same fonts aren't on your Windows computer. To correct that lapse, just copy the fonts TO the Windows Font folder. Then run THEMES.EXE again.
Now, if ever the fonts bork again, you repeat the double-click on THEMES.exe . I do it all the time in Win10 (well, before I stopped using Win10). For sometimes, the updates or reboots make Win10 forget the fonts. So put a shortcut to THEMES.EXE on your desktop, using the hints in that video.
Now, I won't be here much in the forum for the next few weeks, so if you need me, post as a guest in the Admin forum. No one else can see what you post except me. That forum is new, something I just made for my Youtube and vimeo subscribers, and it's eating my time right now fighting spambots to preserve a no-real-email-needed registration. Plus, I gotta go back to work, my due diligence report on Win10 is done.
Edited by brainout, 01 September 2015 - 11:13 PM.