Windows 7 fonts missing !

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  1. dorinspoaller

    dorinspoaller New Member

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    Hi,

    I don't know what happened, but when I turned on my PC this morning I found out that the following fonts are missing from the Windows/Fonts directory: Arial, Tahoma, Times New Roman. Maybe others are missing also, but I can't tell.

    Everything is Italic and/or Bold.

    So my questions are:

    01. Why is this happening?
    02. What happened with the missing fonts?
    03. How could this be fixed?
    04. What is the default font and size for Windows 7?
    05. Where can I change it?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. dorinspoaller

    dorinspoaller New Member

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    I've got 232 fonts installed. I don't know how to make a repair. :)

    Ow, and will a repair delete some personal files from Program Files and/or other places?
     
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    dorinspoaller New Member

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    I can't go on MSN because I don't use it. If you would e-mail me the folder I would talk to Santa and you would be rewarded !!! :)

    My e-mail is the nickname I'm using here + gmail.
     
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    dorinspoaller New Member

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    Thanks a lot!
     
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    dorinspoaller New Member

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    I'm really really really new at this, so I have no idea what you just said :))
     
  6. reghakr

    reghakr Excellent Member

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    Just wondering if you installed some sort or desktop publishing software and then uninstalled it and wiped out those fonts because the program put them there.........justa a wild guess.

    Perform a search for this file:
    fms_metadata.xml
     
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    dorinspoaller New Member

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    Found the file.
    My kid was playing something at my PC for a couple of days, now everything is broken :)) This should be a life lesson :)
     
  8. Saltgrass

    Saltgrass Excellent Member
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    A system file check will restore system fonts. Start an administrative command prompt, type sfc /scannow which should replace the missing ones. Admin prompt is Accessories, Command prompt, right click and select "run as admin"

    These files are not easy to delete.
     
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  9. Suzywac

    Suzywac Well-Known Member

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    I have had lots of problems with two fonts I purchased. After a lot of effort and some help form forums and the font supplier I got to the bottom of the problem and found a solution, see story attached. Gives details of how to AVOID problem and how to CURE it if you did not manage to avoid it!
     

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    chauspoil New Member

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    I also had a problem of missing fonts (Tahoma, MS Sans Serif, Times) and thus could no longer use CD Burner XP.
    A simple solution I found was to copy the missing fonts form my other computer (Win XP) and then install them onto the one under Windows 7.
    And it worked without restoring the whole system...
     
  11. DarkPaladin23

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    There is a way to fix the factory fonts in Windows 7 without repairing/reinstalling the OS.

    First insert your Window 7 Disk.

    Navigate to (CD ROM Drive Letter):\sources

    You should see a file labeled install.wim. This is what contains the original Windows 7 installation image. It also contains the font files.

    Before mounting the image file we need a place to mount it. Create a folder at the root of C: called 'win7wim'. The path should be C:\win7wim.

    Go to the Windows button and select Run...

    Type in CMD (make sure it is running as Administrator).

    In CMD, type:
    dism /mount-wim /readonly /wimfile:(cdrom drive letter):\sources\install.wim /index:1 /mountDir:c:\win7wim

    Once it is finished mounting navigate to C:\win7wim\Windows\Fonts

    Select All (Ctrl + A), then right click a file and select install. Allow it to install over the existing fonts. You will also get some messages about files that are in the folder that are not valid font files. Check the box to ignore future warnings and allow it to continue.

    When it's done you've got all factory fonts restored without reinstalling your OS.

    I just came up with this myself tonight after running into the problem and not finding a way to fix it in any forums. I figured the older versions of Windows always had the files in a compressed format on the CD so this one must as well. Maybe someone already came up with this and I reinvented the wheel but I hope this helps someone.

    If you have the space it might also be nice to make a copy of the entire Install.WIM file while you have it mounted. I can see many other places it could come in handy.
     
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  12. MikeHawthorne

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    I checked the Microsoft Typography - Fonts and Products link out, too in hopes that it would work. The problem is that they only link you to a place to PURCHASE the fonts. Seems silly for us to purchase them when they are bundled with our OS.

    It would be nice if we could just go through some kind of Windows Genuine only site to download the original fonts rather than basically having to hack the OS disk (albeit with tools included in Windows) or reinstall the entire OS. I guess with Microsoft we'll always have to find 'workarounds' rather than easy fixes. Maybe that's why so many computer techs prefer PC to Mac. It's because it keeps it interesting with all the little problems. ;)
     
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  14. MikeHawthorne

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    Did you try extracting them from the DVD as Geoff suggested?
    If you just did a repair install it would replace all the missing fonts but it does seem like there should be an easier way.
     
  15. MikeHawthorne

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    If you have access to another Windows 7 computer copy the fonts folder.

    C:\Windows\Fonts to a DVD.

    You should be able to install all the fonts on you computer from the DVD.

    Open the folder, select all, or just the fonts you want and install.

    When it asks you if you want to replace the existing font click yes to all and it should replace all the fonts.

    Any fonts you have installed that were not the original fonts will still be there when you get done.

    Mike
     
  16. DarkPaladin23

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    Yes, that works as well and is the easiest alternative.
    The previous instructions were only a last ditch thing to do if you have no access to another Win 7 machine.
    I'd hate to see someone do a repair or reinstall of the OS just to get fonts back. If I hadn't tried to extract that WIM file, and found a built in Microsoft app to do it, I would have been forced to repair or reinstall.
     
  17. eyala77

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    Dear DarkPaladin23,

    Your advice to mount the installation disc and use the fonts is brilliant!!!
    I just did it and it saved me from the last option I had - re-installing. Thank you, bless you!

    My Question, now when I try to delete the win7wim folder I just can't, I get "access denied"/"need permissions" message (I'm the admin on the machine)
    any advice on how to delete it?

    Thanks
    Eyal
     
  18. MikeHawthorne

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    Hello everyone,
    I need help, I have the same problem since the last update of windows (last week).
    I have reinstalled the fonts, but when I turn off (when restart does not happen) are deleted again, I also restored the OS updates before and seems to work .. until I get them (they are critical updates).
    Clears all except 3, but they are fonts of symbols, so every time I lose an hour to fix the PC.
    I checked and I have no viruses, no spy ..

    Can anyone help me? (I 7 64-bit).

    Thanks!

    kiara
     
  20. MikeHawthorne

    MikeHawthorne Essential Member
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    Hi

    One thing you should do when you get your fonts restored is make a copy of your fonts folder to another location on your hard drive.
    That will always give you an easy access location to restore your fonts with out putting the disk in etc.

    You only have to right click on the font and select install to replace them.

    As to why they keep disappearing check out this post... This may be related to your problem.

    Windows Fonts disappearing - Gizmo's Freeware ForumMike
     

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