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Solved: can't delete fonts; font manager?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by carolsm, Jan 24, 2011.

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  1. carolsm

    carolsm Thread Starter

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    My Windows font folder has too many fonts; makes font lists in apps too long and hard to deal with. I want to remove a whole bunch of them that I don't use, but when I try to delete an open type or type 1 font, I get the message:

    "Cannot delete ACaslonPro-Bold: Access is denied.
    Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use."

    I generally can delete True Type fonts, but often it then just subs in an open type font of the same name, which I can't delete. Also, I'm not trying to delete the ones Windows wants to have (arial, all the MS ones, etc.). I am the administrator. It behaves the same trying to go through control panel -> fonts or c:\windows\fonts.

    Any ideas on how I can get a deletion to happen? Microsoft's help site on this just says "select" and "click uninstall", which should be all there is to it, but isn't.

    Also, any recommendations for a font manager (prefer free, but if I have to pay, I'd like to keep it under $25) that would allow me to activate and inactivate fonts as needed? I fondly remember the old Mac days when I could put fonts in suitcases and do this...
     
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  3. Rockn

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    Not logged on as an admin. You need to be logged on as local admin to delete fonts.
     
  4. carolsm

    carolsm Thread Starter

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    I am logged on as admin.
    Thanks for the font management suggestions, I will look those over.
    Otherwise, I give up...I will just wade through my fonts.
     
  5. katokato

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    you need to use unlocker.
    font managers work also.
    you can also boot in safe mode
    you can also boot in linux cd and explore your c drive and delete from there.
    you can do a plethora of other things.

    imo you wont find much of a difference. all these startup tweaks are for super enthusiasts(like i once was, downgraded to xp, lazy to redo tweaks) to squeeze the living daylights out of their computers to get the most performance even if it means subtracting 1 ms from startup.
     
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