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Windows 7: Windows Aero (Tahoma Font)

08 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Windows Aero (Tahoma Font)

Windows Aero (Tahoma Font)
(Completely disable ClearType and remove Segoe UI from the Windows interface.)


In Windows 7 and Vista, one has the option to change portions of the user interface (UI) to whatever font one desires. Unfortunately it is not an option to change the font on certain parts of the interface. Segoe UI, the default UI font in Windows Vista and Windows 7, looks particularly bad after ClearType is completely disabled. However, ClearType itself looks very bad on older and/or cheaper monitors, previously forcing users with such monitors to either deal with the ugliness of ClearType or the ugliness of Segoe UI when ClearType is disabled. That's where Windows Aero (Tahoma Font) comes in. It replaces all instances of Segoe UI with Tahoma, the default UI font in Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

At the bottom of this post are two downloads. One for the installer and one containing all the files required to manually implement/install Windows Aero (Tahoma Font). The manual installation is included for those who wish to use Windows Aero (Tahoma Font) in addition to the original copy of Windows Aero. The installer, however, replaces the original aero.msstyles file for the sake of ease-of-use. Bare in mind that the Installation Instructions for the manual installation are sparse, however I will be happy to answer any questions. The manual installation should only be done by advanced users.

For more information, please read the following Readme:

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Windows Aero (Tahoma Font)
(Supports Windows Vista and Windows 7)

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IMPORTANT: On all user accounts other than the one from which Windows Aero (Tahoma Font) is installed/uninstalled, you must manually switch themes in order for the changes to appear.
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Windows Aero (Tahoma Font) is a modified version of the original aero.msstyles file. The aero.msstyles file is used by all Aero-based themes. This modified aero.msstyles fully removes all instances of Segoe UI within any Aero-based themes and replaces them with Tahoma. Tahoma at 8pt was the default UI font in Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Windows Aero (Tahoma Font) was created using Vista Style Builder 1.4 by Andreas Verhoeven.

The following modifications were made:
  • Segoe UI changed to Tahoma.
    • All instances of Segoe UI at 9pt were changed to Tahoma at 8pt.
      • Exception: Title Bar font was changed to Trebuchet MS at 10pt.
    • All other instances of Segoe UI were left at their original point size after being changed to Tahoma.
  • Antialiasing Quality changed from ClearType to Standard on all fonts in aero.msstyles.


Third-Party Programs Included:
  • Universal Theme Patcher v1.5, Build 20090409
    • In order to use Windows Aero (Tahoma Font), the Windows system files that control themes must be patched to allow the usage of unsigned themes. The installer takes care of this automatically by running the Universal Theme Patcher by deepxw if it is selected on the Components page.
  • NoSegoe
    • If Windows Aero (Tahoma Font) is installed by itself, external programs that are hard coded to use Segoe UI, even ones included with Windows, such as Resource Monitor and Windows 7's Calculator, will continue to use Segoe UI. In order to avoid this, the installer incorporates NoSegoe by Steve Halpern. The version included in this is installer is slightly modified in order to remove the new variants of Segoe UI that come with Windows 7, in addition to the old ones.
      • NOTE: Some Adobe programs must be run in XP SP3 compatibility mode or older after installing NoSegoe.


NOTES:
  • The installer can be run again to add/remove components. However, please use the Uninstaller to remove all components.
  • The installer must temporarily switch your Windows theme in order to install Windows Aero (Tahoma Font). Sometimes, due to timing issues, the installer fails to automatically switch you back to your originally selected theme after restarting. If this happens, simply manually switch themes.
  • The "Disable ClearType" component only affects the administrator account whose credentials are used to run the installer. ClearType must be manually disabled/enabled on all other accounts.


Thanks to Andreas Verhoeven, deepxw, and Steve Halpern!

-Eric G.


MD5 Sums
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A37E82AC35E826398A3F84F94B8A82F6: Windows Aero (Tahoma Font) Setup
D71D7D581DCDB4DA241F1F4D5A7A989B: Windows Aero (Tahoma Font) Manual Installation

Downloads:
Windows Aero (Tahoma Font) Setup
Windows Aero (Tahoma Font) Manual Installation


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10 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Hi again, thank you for effort,i have some trouble using installer to apply fixes automaticly, the instaler freeze after massage "The system need to change theme to clasic... and theme is not changed. The only way i sucesfuly installed it is to change compatibility mode to vista sp2. I dont know is this right way to install it or not(or is it fully working).Can u fix installer? btw i use x86 Windows 7. Thank you!
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10 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Hi dphreak,

My only guess is that it has something to do with you having previously used modified msstyles files. The only thing I can recommend is trying the manual installation. Sorry that I can't be of more help. Let me know how it goes though, please.

Edit: Changing compatibility mode might prevent the installer from working properly. It's something I haven't tested. The installer does use slightly different methods in Vista and 7, so if it thinks it's in Vista when it's really not, it wouldn't install properly I'm sure.
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11 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Thank you for trying to fix error,i have apply manualy and works great!, probably my system is rejecting instalation as you suggested because i have done some modifications to theme and system files before i found your solution.I will try it on virtual machine with fresh install of win 7 and see how it goes.Is it only me or you hate too segoe and antialised fonts?
ps: i have followed your guide on editing msstyles file with style builder to make some modifications on clasic themes with sucess.
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11 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Glad to hear it all worked out, dphreak. Actually, I don't hate ClearType and Segoe UI. They look great if you have a monitor that renders ClearType properly. My monitor does not, however, which is why I took to the time to make Windows Aero (Tahoma Font). Windows' standard font antialiasing looks pretty good too. In fact, when you disable ClearType in Windows 7, it automatically sets you to Standard antialiasing mode. As far as I can tell, the only way to completely disable font antialiasing in Windows 7 is to change a Registry value. I've tried turning antialiasing entirely off on my own system and found that things were way too jagged.

By the way, I'm surprised you needed to edit the Windows Classic theme. As far as I can tell, all of the Basic and High Contrast Themes already use Tahoma, with the exception of Windows 7 Basic, but that's covered by Windows Aero (Tahoma Font). Either way, I'm glad that I was able to help.
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01 Jun 2010   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Many Thanks,

I've just run your program and it all went seamlessly.

I still use a CRT monitor and was begining to reget my change from XP as graphicllay it was such a step back.


Thanks again.
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23 May 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit
 
 
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Excellent work. Very impressed.

One thing though - I actually like ClearType, I think it looks really good on Tahoma 8pt. Sadly there's no option to have Segoe UI 9pt replaced by Tahoma 8pt on all parts that the user can't change with ClearType on rather than off. With NoSegoe you can have everything Tahoma with ClearType, but Start Menu for example is obviously 9pt. So sadly neither quite does the job right in this particular case.
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23 May 2011   #8

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zekepliskin View Post
Excellent work. Very impressed.

One thing though - I actually like ClearType, I think it looks really good on Tahoma 8pt. Sadly there's no option to have Segoe UI 9pt replaced by Tahoma 8pt on all parts that the user can't change with ClearType on rather than off. With NoSegoe you can have everything Tahoma with ClearType, but Start Menu for example is obviously 9pt. So sadly neither quite does the job right in this particular case.
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23 May 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit
 
 

Took ages but did the trick, thanks.
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23 May 2011   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zekepliskin View Post
Took ages but did the trick, thanks.
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