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Restore Vista fonts

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  • Started 9 years ago by coates719
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coates719
Posts: 102

I recently deleted some of my default Vista Fonts.

I have tried reinstalling them using the 2007 PowerPoint Viewer and reinstalling Office 2007.

I keep getting the error 'error 1907.Could not register font. Verify that you have sufficient permissions to install fonts, and that the system supports this font.'

Thanks for any help.

Posted 9 years ago
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Smashpmk712
Posts: 313

are you running the install as admin?

Posted 9 years ago
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coates719
Posts: 102

Yeah, i right clicked and selected 'run as administrator'

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Smashpmk712
Posts: 313

does it give a file name with the error?

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coates719
Posts: 102

No just the error above.

Posted 9 years ago
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Smashpmk712
Posts: 313

Try reading this thread .... it might help.... http://forums.techarena.in/showthread.php?t=762178

Posted 9 years ago
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coates719
Posts: 102

Thanks,

I gave it a go but it didn't work i still get the same error message.

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whs
Posts: 17584

From which file did you delete the fonts?

Posted 9 years ago
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pipo
Posts: 428

did you try to check the recyclye bin if your fonts are there?

Posted 9 years ago
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coates719
Posts: 102

I deleted the fonts from the Fonts folder,

I was trying to get rid of all the fonts i don't use.

I was happy with what i did at the time but now some program try to use the fonts that aren't there.

Posted 9 years ago
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whs
Posts: 17584

You may try 3 ways:
1. Type SFC /SCANNOW into Command Prompt(Open as Admin) - make sure there is a blank in front of the /. This may repair it and it cannot harm anything.
2. Delete the whole Fonts folder and reboot. This may bring it back. On that, however; I woulf first like to hear comments from other people because I am not 100% sure.
3. Try a system repair.

Posted 9 years ago
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coates719
Posts: 102

Thanks WHS.

Trying the system scan now.

How do i do a system repair on Vista?

I have a recovery partition but i haven't created a disc.

Posted 9 years ago
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whs
Posts: 17584

1. If you have not yet burnt a recovery disk from the recovery partition, you should do that asap - unless your PC manufacturer provided you with a recovery disk. Try to type REC into the Start search field and see whether you find a "recovery disk manager" or a "recovery disk creation wizard". But that differs from manufacturer to manufacturer.
2. For repair: when you restart your system, the first screen should tell you which Function key (Fx?) you will have to push for repair. This also varies by manufacturer. Once you found it, keep clicking it after you restarted the system again and pick up the Fonts folder. If this does not work, let us know. There are also other (more involved) ways to do that.
3. On my suggestion #2 above let's wait until we have comments from other friends. I am not 100% sure whether that will work in this case.

Posted 9 years ago
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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

When you delete a font (in the Windows folder) it is gone, doesn't even take a trip to the recycle bin.

Posted 9 years ago
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whs
Posts: 17584

OK, I'm glad you clarified this. But what if you delete the whole folder? I know some folders come back if you delete them completely but was not sure about the fonts.

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Lighthouse
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You want me to try?

Posted 9 years ago
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whs
Posts: 17584

NO, I want you to speak out of authority, not wreck your system (maybe).

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

But it's what I do!

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whs
Posts: 17584

You do what? Speak out of authority OR wreck your system?

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

wreck my system. (in the advancement of knowledge (or to solve others problems))

Posted 9 years ago
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whs
Posts: 17584

I remember that some folders would come back (in fact there is no way to get rid of them) and others are gone for good. But I don't remember which are which. I'm sure jd would know. There is also a trick with folder.old. But that one I don't remember either. It's a pain with my memory.

Posted 9 years ago
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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

So do you recommend I "Ghost" my system before I do the things I do?

Posted 9 years ago
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whs
Posts: 17584

Ghost is great. If you have it, you are really safe - if their specs are true. Up to now, I have only taken restore points, but had no need to try the recovery yet. But I am sure the day will come.

Posted 9 years ago
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Lighthouse
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And how many DVDs to Ghost a 30Gb partition? (I don't know the compression rate)

Posted 9 years ago
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whs
Posts: 17584

No DVD's, I write the shadows to my external disk. The first shadow was over 30GB on the disk, then they write only deltas. Right now it is 59GB for 4 shadows. But that includes one after the SP1 update where they probably picked up a lot of changes. And it also includes a seperate backup of my files, which is really not necessary because you can also pick them individually from the shadows - like in ShadowExplorer but even easier. I write one shadow every Sunday and every 3 months I restart with a fresh "Base shadow".

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Lighthouse
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OK, got that. But for your 1st shadow of over 30Gb, how much was it shadowing?

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whs
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It shadows the whole C: so that you can restore the whole system in case of trouble.

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Yes, but when it shadows, does it compress the copy?

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whs
Posts: 17584

As far as I can tell there is no compression at all. The 30GB+ corresponds to my whole C:. Doesn't matter anyhow. I have 250GB on that external and I only use it for backups.

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

OK thanks, that's what I wanted to know.

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jd2066
Posts: 3814

I don't know what would happen if you deleted the whole fonts folder.
I hardly ever touch that folder. The default fonts work just fine for me and the existing one don't take that much space so I see no reason to remove them.
I would imagine that something really bad would happen like no text being displayed at all due to lack of a font available.
If you want to try it I would recommend using a Virtual Machine program like VirtualBox as then your main copy of Windows is still working.

Edit: I just tried it with Windows Vista in VirtualBox.
It wouldn't let me remove the fonts folder.
Many of the fonts are owned by TrustedInstaller so they can't be removed.
Some fonts was locked by a process and couldn't be deleted either.

Edit 2: Just tried to take ownership to see what would happen. I could then remove most of fonts except for 24 fonts that were locked.
Also it appears at this point none all the links on the HTG Forum are displayed due to lack of available fonts and many web sites don't work at all.

Edit 3: With the help of the program Unlocker I was able to delete the remaining fonts. Windows ok so far as I think the fonts are cached.

Edit 4: Rebooted and now can't even load Windows Vista.
Get error "Windows failed to load because the NLS data is missing, or corrupt."

Edit 5: Now I reverted to a Snapshot in VirtualBox and my virtual Windows Vista install is back to normal.
So in short: You have to really try to remove the fonts folder and if you do then you need to recover your Windows install.

Posted 9 years ago
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whs
Posts: 17584

That's sounds like not recommended for the layman. We'll have to find another way to get those 2 fonts back.

Posted 9 years ago
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jd2066
Posts: 3814

What are the names of the fonts that are missing? I can try searching online and see if I can find them.

Posted 9 years ago
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whs
Posts: 17584

How about this site. I just downloaded one and it works well - for free. http://www.1001freefonts.com/retro-fonts.htm

Posted 9 years ago
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kamraten90
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I have the same problem, any solution found?(actually registered to this place to get help with this)

Posted 8 years ago
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Scott
Posts: 5618

kamraten90,

Thanks for taking the time to register and search the forums. You'll have a better chance of a satisfactory answer if you start your own thread, this one is nine months old. Closing.

Posted 8 years ago
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