June 9, 2013 Posted by Titan Lee in Blog

I royally screwed up Win7 by installing over 30,000+ Fonts.

Note: If you came to this page look for a quick solution, scroll down past the "Background Info".

Background Info

The story starts with me downloading this PSD file which I wanna use. Upon closer inspection, I realize there's a need for custom fonts(Oh designers relate). So while trying to be a clever smart ass, I decided to download a giant font pack with over 30,000 fonts. I mean, that way I never have to download anymore custom fonts right? Boy was I wrong. Dead wrong, My computer almost died from "exhaustion". Running ANY application now that reads into the windows "Font" folder will cause it to hang and subsequently crash. By that I mean, Adobe PDF readers, Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Gahhhhh..    

The Problem

You can't delete them easily via the traditional method! There's way too many fonts, by the time windows generates the entire font list, you'll probably be already attending your grandson's wedding. If you tried uninstalling the fonts via "Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization -> Fonts" and it works, good for you. If not, read on.    

The Solution - Windows 7

Prep: Download the default windows font pack here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/fj3afhieosualan/Windows7DefaultFonts.zip - Let me know if link is down    

Step 1. Delete ALL fonts in your windows font REGISTRY.

Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search box and press enter In regedit, navigate to the location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts Select ALL, right click, Delete. If you're running Windows 7 32 Bit, proceed to step 2. If you're running Windows 7 64Bit, repeat the steps above to the location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts Select ALL, right click, Delete.     

Step 2. Reinstall the default windows fonts.

Great! Now that you've deleted ALL the fonts in your system, its time to restore the original windows fonts. Unzip the zip file you've downloaded during the prep phase, select all, right-click, Install. Follow through any prompts, and Done! Now restart your computer and all should be working fine!   Let me know in the comments below if this helped!
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