Restore Font Folder To Original Condition


In the process of trying to install font manager software for Windows 7, I somewhat corrupted my font folder.

Basically what happened, is that during installation, the software started moving all the fonts around into it's own directories. This would have been fine, except the installation failed, and upon further research I realized the software is not compatible with Windows 7.

In an effort to restore the font folder to it's original condition, I tried to replace the font folder from another Windows 7 ultimate installation. Unfortunately, what happened is that the copy process didn't delete any of the existing files in my font folder, but rather added all the copies and renamed them to _0 etc. So now my font folder has over 1000 entries, many of which are copies. And, for some reason Windows 7 has hidden all but about 15 of them. I know they are there because they are visible in the folder properties, but I can't see them when I open the folder.

Ideally I would like to restore the font folder to it's original condition.

Do you have any advice? All I can think to do is use a boot utility and restore the files from a DOS command prompt before Windows loads. But I'm not sure what will happen if I do this.

Thanks for your help.




To restore Windows 7 default fonts:

1.       Go to start > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization  > Fonts (or you can just type “fonts” in control panel)

2.       Select Font settings on the left

3.       Select Restore default font settings.

For more information, see Change your font settings. I hope this helps!

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Last updated August 3, 2020 Views 9,702 Applies to: