Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Fixing Corrupt Fonts Windows XP

Recently while I uninstalled a Game I was playing, it corrupted my Windows XP fonts. It had a copy of it taken from the Windows directory and when it prompted to delete some files, it showed the path of the game directory, and I thought it was safe to delete. But it totally messed up things and left my PC with bloated fonts.

A little bit of googling and quite a few options were suggested including reinstalling the OS (Nah, I was not planning to do that though). But this solution saved my day:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes]
"MS Shell Dlg 2"="Tahoma"
"MS Shell Dlg"="Tahoma"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoSaveSettings"=dword:00000000

Copy the above content into a text editor and save it with some name and make the extension as .reg - you can then double click this to set Tahoma back as the default font and get back the original Windows XP settings.

Or you can download the one I created from here.

Be careful with editing the registry, if you are not sure of what you are doing, i would advise you to take a backup of the registry before proceeding.
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