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 Post subject: OT: Fonts in Vista
PostPosted: 12 Feb 2015, 19:22 
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Hi Folks,

My Vista work laptop got its fonts all screwed up.

Basically was working fine until I re-opened a pricelist I had a hundred times before and got a "Can't find Helvetica...." error, then POOF! All went butt ugly.

M$ support said to delete the C:\Windows\System32\FONTCACHE.DAT file and restart.

Did that, it regenerated and stull all butt-ugly :(

Any ideas? :confused:

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 Post subject: Re: OT: Fonts in Vista
PostPosted: 12 Feb 2015, 21:57 
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Hi, Ugh, a typical answer from them. They didn't even bother to answer why when I installed a new HP Laser network printer one of my design programs won't run. (nothing fixed that and the program now resides on an aging Compaq laptop with XP) I do have an idea that might work for you though. There used to be and probably still are many sources for add on fonts. Most also included the standard ones. I would look on the web and see if I could find such with an installer (normally included) and just reload the fonts. Your problem does point out an ever growing problem for users. It used to be that it was possible to know what was in the PC (files, drivers etc) and what most things did and in the event something went wrong fix it. Now with over 1,200,000 files in my main PC it is absolutely impossible to know what they do and fixing is difficult if not impossible. Now I routinely make a full clone back up every two weeks and alternate two external drives to do it. I also keep a "start up" drive from about a year earlier just in case all three go bad. Fortunately the USB external drives are now quite cheap. A 500gb is about $50 and a 1TB only about $70.

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