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Windows 7: Unexplained GUI/Dialogue Box font change


28 Aug 2012   #1

Window 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Unexplained GUI/Dialogue Box font change

Hello folks!

Hope someone can help with this small but annoying issue.

I recently noticed that dialogue boxes of certain programs use a wrong font and I have tried everything I could find on the web to change it to no avail, e.g. resetting font settings to default. Best explained by an example. Look at the below dialogue box, the way it SHOULD look:



As of a few weeks, it now looks this way:



This is an example for program IrFanView. Other programs like Quicken act the same. The snap shots were taking from different PCs, so the different color theme can be explained. Anyone know what could have happened here and how to return this to normal?

Many thanks for help/suggestions.

Cheers,
Moe

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29 Aug 2012   #2

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums

Is there a 3rd party custom theme on the other computer?
Have you changed the font size on your current computer?
Have you changed the DPI DPI Display Size Settings - Change ?

Jerry
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29 Aug 2012   #3

Window 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hello Jerry and thank you for the welcome!

To answer your questions:

1. No, I use a Windows 7 default theme
2. I have not made any changes manually
3. Same as 2, no changes, however, I should mention that I just recently had a virus on the PC (I think it was a rootkit virus that I have (hopefully) cleaned up entirely, but I suspect it got as far as making system changes before I caught it. Was a pain to get rid of, too.

Anyhow, I have since reset all fonts and settings to default and also reloaded Windows 7 fonts, but for some reason a few programs chose to use (what looks like) a system font rather than the default Segui 9pt. Note that it also doesn't show the color red any longer for some headings; it's all black.
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29 Aug 2012   #4

Win7 Ultimate x64 7601
 
 

You would be better showing an example from your machine only.
Win 7 and XP use different font rendering methods. so its to be expected.
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29 Aug 2012   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Do Option 2 of this tutorial SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker it will not harm any data or programs you have installed it will try to find and repair any corrupt system files that you have. You may have to do this up to three times restarting after each time.

You may want to try a Repair Install

Jerry
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29 Aug 2012   #6

Window 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thank you both, I will try the suggestions given and report back
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29 Aug 2012   #7

Window 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Okay, so I have tried everything proposed. Also reinstalled graphics driver, ran four different anti-virus programs, played with Clear Type settings, all to no avail. It looks to me as though this is a rendering problem as visible by a listing of fonts in MS-Word:



It is quite obvious that the fonts are not rendered correctly, but simply in a black, bitmap sort-of-way. Unless someone has an idea what could cause this, I will have to either live with it, or wipe the machine clean
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30 Aug 2012   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

I am out of ideas sorry. Be sure to back up your data 1st before doing a clean install.

Jerry
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