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I installed fonts, now system fonts bad.

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    windows 8.1

    I installed fonts, now system fonts bad.


    Short story, I installed a boatload of fonts and chose not to replace any duplicate fonts. They installed ok and I was able to use them.

    Then I restarted and they system fonts have all changed. Many use symbols instead of letters. This makes some functions impossible. It even effects most installed apps in some way or another.

    I've tried using the "reset defaults", "restore a point" and a bunch of other suggestions from this site and others. I'm sure someone out there knows the fix. There are some suggestions to select "box color" them choose "list items-font". I've been unable to find that function on my system (8.1).

    I've attached a screenshot that may point someone to a solution.

    Thanks for any help.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails screen.jpg  

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  2. #2


    Either download or create this .reg file. Then merge it with your registry and logout and login to your user profile. (or reboot the computer)
    Download
    Contents:
    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]
    "BorderWidth"="-15"
    "CaptionFont"=hex:f4,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,90,01,00,00,\
      00,00,00,01,00,00,05,00,53,00,65,00,67,00,6f,00,65,00,20,00,55,00,49,00,00,\
      00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
      00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
    "CaptionHeight"="-330"
    "CaptionWidth"="-330"
    "IconFont"=hex:f4,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,90,01,00,00,00,\
      00,00,01,00,00,05,00,53,00,65,00,67,00,6f,00,65,00,20,00,55,00,49,00,00,00,\
      00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
      00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
    "IconTitleWrap"="1"
    "MenuFont"=hex:f4,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,90,01,00,00,00,\
      00,00,01,00,00,05,00,53,00,65,00,67,00,6f,00,65,00,20,00,55,00,49,00,00,00,\
      00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
      00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
    "MenuHeight"="-285"
    "MenuWidth"="-285"
    "MessageFont"=hex:f4,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,90,01,00,00,\
      00,00,00,01,00,00,05,00,53,00,65,00,67,00,6f,00,65,00,20,00,55,00,49,00,00,\
      00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
      00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
    "ScrollHeight"="-255"
    "ScrollWidth"="-255"
    "Shell Icon Size"="32"
    "SmCaptionFont"=hex:f4,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,90,01,00,\
      00,00,00,00,01,00,00,05,00,53,00,65,00,67,00,6f,00,65,00,20,00,55,00,49,00,\
      00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
      00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
    "SmCaptionHeight"="-330"
    "SmCaptionWidth"="-330"
    "StatusFont"=hex:f4,ff,ff,ff,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,90,01,00,00,\
      00,00,00,01,00,00,05,00,53,00,65,00,67,00,6f,00,65,00,20,00,55,00,49,00,00,\
      00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
      00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
    "PaddedBorderWidth"="-60"
    "AppliedDPI"=dword:00000060
    "IconSpacing"="-1130"
    "IconVerticalSpacing"="-1130"
    "MinAnimate"="0"
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  3. #3


    Posts : 660
    windows 8.1
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  4. #4


    Posts : 5
    windows 8.1


    Lifetec,

    The link worked. For anyone reading this with the same problem...

    The reset alone did not work. I was able to download the default windows 8 fonts. Some sites say you can drag and drop them to the font folder. That didn't work for me. You have to right click the font and select install. With almost 90 fonts it takes awhile. I found you can do 10 to 15 at a time.

    As I installed them, I could see the screens fixing themselves.

    I believe I caused this problem by installing too many fonts.

    Thanks much for the help.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 660
    windows 8.1


    Great, if the problem stays away could you set this thread as solved.
    So that other user with similiar problems also could benefit from it.
    Last edited by lifetec; 18 Dec 2015 at 03:13.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 5
    windows 8.1


    Iifetec,

    Love to mark it as solved. Odd question though, How do I? I see the "mark as unsolved". I searched help and tutorials.

    I must just be missing it.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 5
    windows 8.1

    Temporarily fixed, but returns.


    lifetec,

    Sounds like you know your stuff. Indeed, when I reboot, all the fonts go wacky again. I can reinstall them for a temporary fix, but they return to bad on a restart.

    It sounds like you suspected this would happen when you said "if the problem stays away".

    Any idea how to MAKE it stay away?

    Thanks, again.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 660
    windows 8.1


    Probably also the registry has problems.

    See if this tutorial will help. Corrupt Missing Unreadable Font on Windows 8.1 Solution
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  9. #9


    Posts : 5
    windows 8.1

    Solved


    Lifetec,

    The registry trick worked. Thanks for the link. And all the help.
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