Vista PC's fonts are messed up, how to change it back?

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My problem illustrated in pictures:
- The font size in title bars, menus and and other bars become smaller
- The font changes slightly to having smaller 'font bodies' e.g. "o's" and longer 'ascenders' e.g."l's"

-- Before the problem started,


-- After the problem occurred, and after my fix attempts,


The problem happens in all applications, not just in Firefox shown here. Note: it only affects the title bars, menus, status bars, but it does not affect the actual text in applications such as Firefox, notepad, MS word, and so on. I am using Vista Home Premium 32 bit and my current theme is Windows Aero.

What can I do to solve my problem of screwed up font displays in vista, and how can I revert to how it was originally? All responses are greatly appreciated as I am actively trying to solve the problem.
 

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Try this:

Right click the Desktop and go to personalize.
Click Windows Colour and Appearance
Click Open Classic Appearance properties...
Click Advanced.
Select Items such as Active Title bar, Inactive title bar, and menus.
Set the font to Seguo Ui.
 

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Daz, we aren't dealing with icons here.
 

Noted1

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http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-rebuild-icon-cache-in-windows-7-to-repair-icons/ think same vista/seven


then start type sfc /scannow and allow it to do its thing
Thank you for your quick reply daz1. I am currently at work atm so I'll let you know what happens when I try your solution. Please note, my problem is more to deal with the fonts that Vista is displaying, although the icons seem to have changed sizes as well.


Try this:

Right click the Desktop and go to personalize.
Click Windows Colour and Appearance
Click Open Classic Appearance properties...
Click Advanced.
Select Items such as Active Title bar, Inactive title bar, and menus.
Set the font to Seguo Ui.
You must be a skilled user , Ent, for having come to this solution so quickly. Interestingly, my fonts in the 'after' picture for Active Title bar, Inactive title bar, and menus are all already Segoe UI 11 pt. And it still does not match the original font display. Is Segoe UI the default font configuration in the first place? And if so, why does it look different from my before and after pictures?

Allow me to explain my problem further in more detail:

How my problem occurred:
I was testing a particular setting in the control panel,
Control Panel -> System and Maintenance -> Performance Information and Tools -> Adjust visual effects
I clicked "Adjust for best performance", and Vista displayed a classic kind of theme. I reverted back by clicking "Adjust for best appearance" and I then ended up with the below pictures:

-- Before and After the problem, (and before my fixes)


What I did to try and fix the solution:
Firstly, I thought my DPI was changed from originally 120 DPI back to 96 DPI. No such luck, it turns out in both cases it is still 120 DPI.

Secondly, I manually changed vista's fonts to try reverting back to how it was originally,
Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization -> Personalization -> Window Colour and Appearance -> Advanced
Items "Active Title Bar", "Inactive Title Bar", "Menu", "Message Box", "Palette Title", and "Tooltip" all showed the font settings of: 'Segoe UI' with font size 9. I changed the font size of these to 11, and l had some success.
However, I cannot seem adjust the fonts exactly back to how it originally looked.
Case in point:

-- Showing a Google webpage before the problem started,


-- Showing a Google webpage afterwards, and after my fix attempts,


And lastly, a close up analysis of the original font vs. my current fonts
It illustrates:
1) after problem, Segue UI 12 pt
2) after problem, Segue UI 11 pt
3) before problem, original font


Here, we can clearly see not only is the original font bigger than 11pt but smaller than 12pt as well. Also more importantly, the original font has larger more bigger "o's" and relatively shorter "l's" than the fonts after the problem. As if like the original font was specifically designed for title bars while the afterwards font isn't. It is hard to describe properly but this is really the case.

What is the default fonts and font sizes for Active Title Bar", "Inactive Title Bar", "Menu", "Message Box", "Palette Title", and "Tooltip"? And why with Segoe 11 pt is my font display still different?
 

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yep i know but soooo often connected, i usually start at the begining, i am a bit boring like that!!
 

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Since I made the same performance adjustments, I can't say what the default size might be. On my machine it's coming out as 9pt Seguo, but I figure that can't be right.
 

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Since I made the same performance adjustments, I can't say what the default size might be. On my machine it's coming out as 9pt Seguo, but I figure that can't be right.
9 is default
Interesting, perhaps my problem lies with my font DPI settings. Right now I have 120 DPI with Segoe 11 pt font. I will play around with making my DPI settings bigger (unless there is also something else that may be affecting my font size) while using the default of 9 pt, and I will update on what happens.
 

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I reverted the font back to Segoe 9pt and changed the DPI to 144, but it just magnified the problem:

-- A picture before the problem started


-- A picture of the same webpage after the problem and after changing my settings


As we can see, the DPI is having an effect on everything, but the font size Segoe 9pt is still unusually small.

The problem first started when I changed my display settings to a classic i.e. "windows 98-look" mode. My theory is that the font display settings were modified somewhow when changing to classic mode, that have since not been reverted back when I changed back to Vista mode.

Therefore the underlying cause and solution may be deeper than what we are currently trying.
 

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well no other posts so guess we all stumped on this, i have to admit if a problem is taking more than a few hours i think s*d it and reinstall
 
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