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Almost all fonts are missing

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by eric911, Dec 8, 2001.

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  1. eric911

    eric911 Thread Starter

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    I am using Windows98. Suddenly there are only 5 fonts appear when I open the control panel\fonts folder. Needless to say, a lot of system messages looks horrible (or unreable) because of this.

    I did a search on fonts such as Arial or Times, the search results show that they are inside the Windows/fonts folder. However, when I open that folder, it is not there. Is there a folder on the Windows setup disk that I can re-install the fonts?
     
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    I tried clicking this link for the past 2 days but it returned a problem from the Microsoft web site. Any other clue or can you tell me the article number or what can I search in the site?
     
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    I just tried the link and it works. Try it again. The article number is Q234749. Go to www.microsoft.com and search for this article number.
     
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    How to Restore the Windows Default Fonts (Q234749)

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    The information in this article applies to:


    Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
    Microsoft Windows 98
    Microsoft Windows 95


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    IMPORTANT : This article contains information about editing the registry. Before you edit the registry, make sure you understand how to restore it if a problem occurs. For information about how to do this, view the "Restoring the Registry" Help topic in Regedit.exe or the "Restoring a Registry Key" Help topic in Regedt32.exe.


    SUMMARY
    This article explains how to restore the default Microsoft Windows fonts. These steps may be used to resolve a problem caused by corrupted or incompatible fonts.

    NOTE : These steps remove all fonts that are not included with the default Windows installation.



    MORE INFORMATION
    To remove all fonts from the computer and restore the original Windows fonts, follow these steps.

    WARNING : Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

    For information about how to edit the registry, view the "Changing Keys and Values" Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) or the "Add and Delete Information in the Registry" and "Edit Registry Data" Help topics in Regedt32.exe. Note that you should back up the registry before you edit it. If you are running Windows NT or Windows 2000, you should also update your Emergency Repair Disk (ERD).


    Step 1: Export and Remove the Fonts Registry Key
    Quit all running programs.


    Click Start , and then click Run .


    In the Open box, type regedit , and then click OK .


    In Registry Editor, expand the following registry subkey:


    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Fonts
    On the Registry menu, click Export Registry File .


    In the Export Registry File dialog box, type C:\FontKey in the File name box, and then click Save .


    On the Edit menu, click Delete .

    You receive the following message:


    Are you sure you want to delete this key?
    Click Yes .

    The Fonts registry subkey is removed.


    On the Registry menu, click Exit .


    Step 2: Create a Temporary Fonts Folder
    Start Windows Explorer.


    Navigate to the C:\Windows folder.


    On the File menu, point to New , and then click Folder .


    In the New Folder name box, type NewFonts , and then press ENTER.


    Quit Windows Explorer.


    Step 3: Extract the Original Windows Fonts to the Temporary Folder
    Windows 98 or Windows 98 Second Edition (SE)
    Insert the Windows 98 compact disc into your computer's CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.


    Click Start , and then click Run .


    In the Open box, type command , and then click OK .


    At the command prompt, type Extract /a /e drive :\Win98\Win98_22.cab *.ttf /l C:\Windows\NewFonts (where drive is the drive letter of your computer's CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive), and then press ENTER.

    For example:
    Extract /a /e D:\Win98\Win98_22.cab *.ttf /l C:\Windows\NewFonts
    The font files are extracted.

    NOTE : In the preceding command, l is a lowercase L.


    Type Extract /a /e drive :\Win98\Win98_22.cab *.fon /l C:\Windows\NewFonts , and the press ENTER.

    The font files are extracted.


    Type Extract /a /e drive :\Win98\Win98_22.cab Desktop.ini /l C:\Windows\NewFonts , and the press ENTER.

    The Desktop.ini file is extracted.


    Type Exit .

    You return to Windows.


    Microsoft Windows 95
    Insert the Windows 95 compact disc into your computer's CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.


    Click Start , and then click Run .


    In the Open box, type command , and then click OK .


    At the command prompt, type Extract /a /e drive :\Win95\Win95_02.cab *.ttf /l C:\Windows\NewFonts (where drive is the drive letter of your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive), and then press ENTER.

    For example:
    Extract /a /e D:\Win95\Win95_02.cab *.ttf /l C:\Windows\NewFonts
    The font files are extracted.

    NOTE : In the preceding command, l is a lowercase L.


    Type Extract /a /e drive :\Win95\Win95_02.cab *.fon /l C:\Windows\NewFonts , and the press ENTER.

    The font files are extracted.


    Type Extract /a /e drive :\Win98\Win95_02.cab Desktop.ini /l C:\Windows\NewFonts , and the press ENTER.

    The Desktop.ini file is extracted.


    Type Exit .

    You return to Windows.


    Step 4: Rename the Fonts Folders in MS-DOS Mode
    Restart the computer in MS-DOS mode. To do this, click Start , and then click Shut Down . In the Shut Down Windows dialog box, click Restart in MS-DOS mode , and then click OK .


    At the C:\Windows prompt, type Attrib -s Fonts , and then press ENTER.


    Type Ren Fonts OldFonts , and then press ENTER.


    Type Ren NewFonts Fonts , and then press ENTER.


    Type Attrib +s Fonts , and then press ENTER.


    Step 5: Rename the ttfcache File
    At the command prompt, type Attrib -h ttfcache , and then press ENTER.


    Type Rename ttfcache oldcache , and then press ENTER.


    Step 6: Restart Windows and Open the Fonts Folder
    Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE.

    The computer restarts.


    Click Start , and then click Run .


    In the Open box, type C:\Windows\Fonts , and then click OK .


    In the Fonts dialog box, click Close on the File menu.
     
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