This is where things got weird.
Machine reboots, and immediately StyleXP crashes (which lets me change my Windows theme to various cool things). Also, I notice that all the fonts on the system are at font size, oh, one. As in, way too small to see. Well, that's interesting, in a "this sucks" sort of way. OK, it was a hard kill, let's properly reboot. Which I do...which fixes nothing. StyleXP still crashing, font still too small to see. Oooooookay. It took a couple tries, but I managed to uninstall StyleXP completely and reboot one more time...which solved nothing. This is where my buried logic circuits finally managed to claw their way up through the mounting piles of computer panic and whack my consciousness with the 2x4 of "well, duh." System font size being part of a full theme, it can thus be changed by applying a new theme. Which I did...which worked.
So, all fine now, just not as cool looking. Which I can deal with for now. My issue now is "what actually happened" and why. I cannot see any reason for why the program would change the system font, nor why this would cause the style program to crash. Needless to say, one of the first things I did was discard the game...I'm obviously not playing it, anyway, and damn sure not trusting it now. I'll probably reinstall StyleXP soon, but, for now, I'm happy working fine again.
Now, off to play with Google Earth for a bit while I watch Resident Evil 1 and 2. Been adding a lot of old locations to my maps...old places I've lived, lots of locations around Memphis, friends' houses. Kinda cool to look over them and reminisce. Feel free to gimme your address if you want to be on my map (not that you'll ever see it, but whatever).