fixing Win XP Font Problems

July 7, 2009 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

If the default XP font size is suddenly looking too large and bold or if the push buttons span out of the dialog box window, you probably deleted a default Windows System Font.

Dont panic – the missing Windows XP Fonts (.fon, .ttf) can be quickly restored to default in few simple steps.

How to restore missing fonts in Windows XP

Approach 1
Perform a repair installation (upgrade) of Windows XP. All existing restore points are removed and a new system checkpoint restore point is created after the in-place upgrade is completed. You need the original Windows XP CD with XP Product key.

Windows Setup will replace any missing, damaged or corrupted font files that is part of Standard Fonts included with Windows XP

• Courier New (TrueType, including Bold, Italic, and Bold Italic variations)
• Arial (TrueType, including Bold, Italic, and Bold Italic variations)
• Times New Roman (TrueType, including Bold, Italic, and Bold Italic variations)
• Wingdings, Symbol (TrueType)
• MS Serif, MS Sans Serif

Approach 2
Reinstalling Windows XP is a time consuming process and may even overwrite some of your custom settings. Heres an easy way.

The following is a list of Fonts (with filenames) that installed by Windows XP. Compare this list with the files in your Windows System fonts folder. If any files is missing, heres how to install it locally from Windows XP installation CD.

ahronbd.ttf Aharoni Bold andlso.ttf Andalus angsa.ttf Angsana New angsab.ttf Angsana New Bold angsaz.ttf Angsana New Bold Italic angsai.ttf Angsana New Italic angsau.ttf AngsanaUPC angsaub.ttf AngsanaUPC Bold angsauz.ttf AngsanaUPC Bold Italic angsaui.ttf AngsanaUPC Italic artro.ttf Arabic Transparent artrbdo.ttf Arabic Transparent Bold<br />arial.ttf Arial<br />ariblk.ttf Arial Black<br />arialbd.ttf Arial Bold<br />arialbi.ttf Arial Bold Italic<br />ariali.ttf Arial Italic<br />browa.ttf Browallia New<br />browab.ttf Browallia New Bold<br />browaz.ttf Browallia New Bold Italic<br />browai.ttf Browallia New Italic<br />browau.ttf BrowalliaUPC<br />browaub.ttf BrowalliaUPC Bold<br />browauz.ttf BrowalliaUPC Bold Italic<br />browaui.ttf BrowalliaUPC Italic<br />comic.ttf Comic Sans MS<br />comicbd.ttf Comic Sans MS Bold<br />cordia.ttf Cordia New<br />cordiab.ttf Cordia New Bold<br />cordiaz.ttf Cordia New Bold Italic<br />cordiai.ttf Cordia New Italic<br />cordiau.ttf CordiaUPC<br />cordiaub.ttf CordiaUPC Bold<br />cordiauz.ttf CordiaUPC Bold Italic<br />cordiaui.ttf CordiaUPC Italic<br />cour.ttf Courier New<br />courbd.ttf Courier New Bold<br />courbi.ttf Courier New Bold Italic<br />couri.ttf Courier New Italic<br />david.ttf David<br />davidbd.ttf David Bold<br />davidtr.ttf David Transparent<br />upcdl.ttf DilleniaUPC<br />upcdb.ttf DilleniaUPC Bold<br />upcdbi.ttf DilleniaUPC Bold Italic<br />upcdi.ttf DilleniaUPC Italic<br />estre.ttf Estrangelo Edessa<br />upcel.ttf EucrosiaUPC<br />upceb.ttf EucrosiaUPC Bold<br />upcebi.ttf EucrosiaUPC Bold Italic<br />upcei.ttf EucrosiaUPC Italic<br />mriamfx.ttf Fixed Miriam Transparent<br />framd.ttf Franklin Gothic Medium<br />framdit.ttf Franklin Gothic Medium Italic<br />frank.ttf FrankRuehl<br />upcfl.ttf FreesiaUPC<br />upcfb.ttf FreesiaUPC Bold<br />upcfbi.ttf FreesiaUPC Bold Italic<br />upcfi.ttf FreesiaUPC Italic<br />gautami.ttf Gautami<br />georgia.ttf Georgia<br />georgiab.ttf Georgia Bold<br />georgiaz.ttf Georgia Bold Italic<br />georgiai.ttf Georgia Italic<br />impact.ttf Impact<br />upcil.ttf IrisUPC<br />upcib.ttf IrisUPC Bold<br />upcibi.ttf IrisUPC Bold Italic<br />upcii.ttf IrisUPC Italic<br />upcjl.ttf JasmineUPC<br />upcjb.ttf JasmineUPC Bold<br />upcjbi.ttf JasmineUPC Bold Italic<br />upcji.ttf JasmineUPC Italic<br />upckl.ttf KodchiangUPC<br />upckb.ttf KodchiangUPC Bold<br />upckbi.ttf KodchiangUPC Bold Italic<br />upcki.ttf KodchiangUPC Italic<br />latha.ttf Latha<br />lvnm.ttf Levenim MT<br />lvnmbd.ttf Levenim MT Bold<br />upcll.ttf LilyUPC<br />upclb.ttf LilyUPC Bold<br />upclbi.ttf LilyUPC Bold Italic<br />upcli.ttf LilyUPC Italic<br />lucon.ttf Lucida Console<br />l_10646.ttf Lucida Sans Unicode<br />mangal.ttf Mangal<br />marlett.ttf Marlett<br />micross.ttf Microsoft Sans Serif<br />mriam.ttf Miriam<br />mriamc.ttf Miriam Fixed<br />mriamtr.ttf Miriam Transparent<br />mvboli.ttf MV Boli<br />nrkis.ttf Narkisim<br />pala.ttf Palatino Linotype<br />palab.ttf Palatino Linotype Bold<br />palabi.ttf Palatino Linotype Bold Italic<br />palai.ttf Palatino Linotype Italic<br />raavi.ttf Raavi<br />rod.ttf Rod<br />rodtr.ttf Rod Transparent<br />shruti.ttf Shruti<br />simpo.ttf Simplified Arabic<br />simpbdo.ttf Simplified Arabic Bold<br />simpfxo.ttf Simplified Arabic Fixed<br />sylfaen.ttf Sylfaen<br />symbol.ttf Symbol<br />tahoma.ttf Tahoma<br />tahomabd.ttf Tahoma Bold<br />times.ttf Times New Roman<br />timesbd.ttf Times New Roman Bold<br />timesbi.ttf Times New Roman Bold Italic timesi.ttf Times New Roman Italic trado.ttf Traditional Arabic tradbdo.ttf Traditional Arabic Bold trebuc.ttf Trebuchet MS trebucbd.ttf Trebuchet MS Bold trebucbi.ttf Trebuchet MS Bold Italic trebucit.ttf Trebuchet MS Italic tunga.ttf Tunga verdana.ttf Verdana verdanab.ttf Verdana Bold verdanaz.ttf Verdana Bold Italic verdanai.ttf Verdana Italic webdings.ttf Webdings wingding.ttf Wingdings simhei.ttf SimHei simfang.ttf FangSong_GB2312 kaiu.ttf DFKai-SB simkai.ttf KaiTi_GB2312 msgothic.ttc MS Gothic msmincho.ttc MS Mincho gulim.ttc Gulim mingliu.ttc Mingliu simsun.ttc Simsun batang.ttc Batang

Open Command Prompt and go to the i386 folder of your Windows XP CD-ROM. Using the “expand -r” command, copy all the missing .tt_ and .fo_ files to Windows folder.

for .FON font files
expand E:i386Sserife.fo_ C:WindowsFontsSserife.fon

for “.TTF” font files:
expand E:i386Arial.tt_ C:WindowsFontsArial.ttf

Replace C:WindowsFonts with %windir%fonts

Approach 3
Reset the windows default font size to 75%, then back to 100%. Restart the system. Heres how to do the right way.

Open Display in Control Panel. On the Settings tab, click Advanced. On the General tab, in the DPI setting list, click the dots per inch (dpi) setting you want to use.

If you choose Other in the DPI setting list, you can set custom options in the Custom DPI Setting dialog box either by selecting one of the percentage options in the drop-down list or by clicking on the ruler and dragging the pointer to specify a setting. Restart your computer when prompted.

Precautions for handling fonts.

1. Always create a System Restore point before handling Fonts. Incase you delete a wrong font or mess up the Windows Fonts folder, System Restore tool will return your computer to a previous working state.

2. Compare and Delete Fonts with Font Managers, Font Viewers
Removing fonts manually is not recommended as you may end up deleting the important required fonts. Try using a professional Font Management software like Exten
sis Suitcase Fusion, Adobe Type Manager or Bitstream Font Navigator (part of CorelDRAW X3) for handling Normal, TrueType, OpenType and PostScript fonts.

How will Windows find replacment fonts ?
The Font Substitute settings are stored in the following registry key:

HKLM/software/Microsoft/WindowsNT/CurrentVersion/FontSubstitutes/

Though, Windows has the ability to find font replacements when a specific font isnt installed, imagine what happens when even the Substitute font is missing. You will then need the original font file.

Reinstalled Windows XP but see Large fonts on screen
See the screenshot. Change the DPI settings by some amount and click apply. Now switch to the original settings and click OK.

When should I delete Windows Fonts ?
If you system has less RAM but millions of fonts, its time to remove those rarely used “fancy decorative fonts” installed by that Greeting Cards software.

How can I change the size of default XP font?
First save your desktop theme to it becomes easy restore the original “behavior” of Windows XP.
Open Display in Control Panel. On the Appearance tab, in Font size, click a new font size. This option enables you to enlarge the fonts used in window headers, icon labels, and menus.

To change the actual font, try changing your default system font to something better in registry.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionFontSubstitutes

The defaults are MS Shell Dlg and MS Shell Dlg 2. Download Windows XP fonts at Adobe Type Center.

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