Performance Counter Logs display numbers instead of text

When I try to add an object to a performance counter in Performance Logs and Alerts, instead of seeing descriptions of all the various counters, I get a list of numbers.

I think this is a symptom of an event logged in the Application log on start up which states:
Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      LoadPerf
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      3002
Date:            18/04/2006
Time:            09:47:26
User:            N/A
Computer:      SVR01
Description:
The performance counter explain text string value in the registry is incorrectly formatted. The bogus string is Ҩ      Ҩ      Ƌ ᤈ Ҙ      Ƶ, the bogus index value is the first DWORD in Data section while the last valid index values are the second and third DWORD in Data section.

Please help and thanks in advance
cjohnson300Asked:
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The_IT_GarageCommented:
See if this link helps (it says for Windows 2000 however):
http://tinyurl.com/jssh6

Perhaps there's a similar registry key setting you can look for.
cjohnson300Author Commented:
Sorry, already tried that!!
The_IT_GarageCommented:
Did this ever display correctly and only at some point broke, or has it always been like this?
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cjohnson300Author Commented:
It used to display correctly.  I have only noticed it recently, and I did install service pack 1 in January, could that be the cause of the problem?
The_IT_GarageCommented:
Yes, check the Event logs to see if you had any 3002 errors before the SP1 install. You should also be able to find when SP1 was installed by viewing the system log as well (assuming you have log data back that far).

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cjohnson300Author Commented:
You're right, didn't get any 3002 errors until after the SP1 install.  There was lots of events in the event log regarding the performance library, and I went through each and the associated Help.  One of the errors talked about the Performance counter strings, and suggested I did a lodctr /r at the command prompt.  Have done and all is well.

Many thanks for your help!!!
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