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Windows 7: Windows Protected Fonts

29 Aug 2015   #1
ellenc

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Windows Protected Fonts

I'm a font fanatic; I have several thousands in my collection (not installed) but I've run across a one of Microsoft's oddities: Microsoft Protected Fonts. Those listed below and others appear in my installed Windows Fonts. They can't be cut even
with font manager programs. Why would MS prevent deleting these weird typefaces? ellenc




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29 Aug 2015   #2
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Strange

Windows offers (me) the option to delete "Batang" in the Context menu.
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I did not actually try to delete that font.


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29 Aug 2015   #3
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Those typefaces may seem weird to you but in some countries like Korea they are core system fonts used by Windows itself. All such fonts are protected, even if they are not used in a specific locale. I suppose that Microsoft could have set the protected fonts according to locale but that would be complex, not always appropriate, and save only a trivial amount of disk space.

And if you really must delete these fonts any admin level user can do this with the correct procedure. But you had better know what you are doing. I will not describe the procedure.

I believe that the context menu is not aware of which fonts are protected. The delete would probably fail. I don't wish to try this.
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30 Aug 2015   #4
comtrjl

win7 x64
 
 

@ellenc There's a (longish) thread about this here: Removing foreign language fonts - Microsoft Community

Personally one of the first things I do after a clean install in Win7, Wn8 or Win10 is to delete all the non-Latin fonts. There are a lot of them and they waste several hundred megabytes.

The link above has a batch file for doing the whole lot from the command prompt. The individual steps are to use 'takeown /f <filename>' to transfer ownership from 'TrustedInstaller' to yourself. Having done that you give yourself or Administrators Full Control with 'icacls <filename> /grant administrators:F /t'
Then you can remove them from the command-line or from within a font manager. The difficult bit is matching the font name to the shortish file name.

I've never noticed any problems after doing this.

bob
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30 Aug 2015   #5
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Interesting

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
Those typefaces may seem weird to you but in some countries like Korea they are core system fonts used by Windows itself. All such fonts are protected, even if they are not used in a specific locale.
It's only the previews that are weird (I posted a question about changing these many moons ago).

Those fonts still display standard characters.
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I believe that the context menu is not aware of which fonts are protected. The delete would probably fail. I don't wish to try this.
You are correct.

I attempted to delete Batang and after clicking through several prompts, Windows told me it wasn't going to delete the file.


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03 Sep 2015   #6
ellenc

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Weird fontrs

Thanks ever so much to all for taking the time to give valuable info. ellenc
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