Status message fonts missing?

Hello I’ve tried googling and searching forums to no avail. and after 2 days of poking around I’m stumped. I’m having an issue where all of the status messages in retro arch appear as boxes as though a necessary font is missing. It actually makes it pretty difficult to figure out what’s going on. I tried updating all the assets and anything else that I could find, but nothing seems to have helped.

I’m running 1.8.1 right now on Windows 10.

Any assistance or ideas are greatly appreciated!

I’ve had this happen to me before and sadly I don’t directly recall what I did to fix it…

What happens when you change the OSD font? It’s in the Settings menu as Onscreen Display | Onscreen Notifications | Notification Font and you can dig to your \Windows\Fonts directory to stick arial.ttf in there – at least temporarily.