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Please help deleted Windows 8 fonts by mistake !

  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    Please help deleted Windows 8 fonts by mistake !


    I was copying a bunch of fonts from my old hard drive in hope of restoring a font in a Photoshop project, having made a copy of the untouched fonts directory on my desktop. I thought it would be safe to delete the contents of the Fonts directory to remove the redundant files. But for some absurd unknown reason, the backup I had made was gone after completing this operation. It did not delete the fonts that were in use or the protected system fonts. But now I'm left with important fonts missing, like Consolas, which is default font for Notepad.

    The restore option in the font settings does not retrieve deleted Windows fonts. I have no installation CD, as Windows 8 came pre-installed on my system, and I am not willing to wipe out my system to factory reset. So can someone who basically have a clean Fonts folder from their Windows 8 installation please upload a copy of this directory for me ?

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  2. #2


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Try a System Restore, go back to a few days before you did this.
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    If restore doesn't help (should) then try running sfc /scannow from a Elevated Command Prompt.

    You can also try ShadowExplorer to browse the Shadow Copy files and restore the fonts you deleted.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    If hes lucky he'll have shadow copies of those files...

    The SFC /Scannow ought to restore all default fonts.
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    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    Thanks for the good advice, guys ! Thankfully, System Restore was able to resolve this. Whew !
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    Agree, one of them (or restore as you suggested) should do it. If not a Refresh surely will.

    Once fixed, get an external hard drive and do an image backup so recovery is easy and quick.
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