I would like to have a bare minimum of fonts in my Fonts folder. I only use a few fonts, and none in Asian languages.
I've read the advice to leave the fonts alone and hide rather than uninstalling them, but in a number of programs they don't get hidden, even after I've hidden them in \Windows\Fonts. and every time I want to choose Times New Roman, my preferred default font, I have to scroll down about 6 screenfuls of fonts I don't want and would never use, like Sim Sun and Ravie and Simplified Arabic.
It would help if I knew which fonts I must keep so as not to upset Windows 7's digestion. Is there a list anywhere of the absolutely essential Windows 7 fonts? I've googled for one without success.