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Windows 7: Windows Default system/dialog font changed - very tiny

09 May 2016   #11

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Yea sometimes saving a desktop theme will undo stuff like this if it suddenly shows as a unsaved theme
It's good practice to name themes as you change your desktop image/.... they do act as little restore points.

Delete the unsaved theme and yes restart will not hurt :)

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09 May 2016   #12

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

I ran into some thing I had Shawn and our sites mad scientist to check it out first
What Callender found on his test
Tested by replacing just one system font. The font installed okay and the downloaded fonts scan clean on VirusTotal.
How I restored my Windows 7 default fonts |

Of course Shawn stated the might of been overlooked was that sfc /scannow should restore the fonts since they are system fonts,
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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09 May 2016   #13

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

You might try this: Suddenly, wrong characters

Then try this: Suddenly, wrong characters

You can stop Windows Font Cache service via services.msc. Ask if you don't know how.
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09 May 2016   #14
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

@ CraigT

Please keep these good folks advised what you have tried and the results.
Be precise.
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10 May 2016   #15

Windows 7 Pro SP1 32-bit
Another oddity - and SOLUTION...

Thanks everyone for your replies. Wasn't able to run through all the solutions yesterday - was on agenda for today - and found something very odd this morning. Along with my solution

Opened an Excel file that should *all* have been in Arial, and half was Arial and half was some serif font! First time I've seen "user text" change fonts - has been all system dialogs and drop-downs that I've had no control over. Even when I selected Arial to change them all back to that font, they didn't look correct (although they did change to a sans serif font).

Dove into Fonts (in Control Panel) and checked out Arial. Was missing a couple of "versions" - including Regular - although it had several of the Narrow and Bold variants. Copied the Arial font files from another Win 7 system I have to mine, to fill in the missing gaps, and voila! All my menus, drop-downs, etc. (everywhere I've seen a problem) are showing correctly now! (Didn' really think of Arial, as I thought Segoe UI and Tahoma were the fonts "of choice" these days, and Arial was left collecting dust.) Still not 100% sure what trashed Arial, but at least I stumbled on the problem/solution finally.

Thanks again, everyone who submitted, researched, and hung in there during this issue. Greatly appreciated. Will definitely be back to SevenForums in the future when I have issues. (Well, Win 7 issues, anyway.)
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10 May 2016   #16
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Glad you found the problem.

You don't have to have a problem to visit our forum.
Drop by anytime your in the mood.
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10 May 2016   #17

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1

You're welcome; Yes! Glad to hear your problem is solved.
Still not 100% sure what trashed Arial, but at least I stumbled on the problem/solution finally.
Depending on what type of program(s) it/they were; It could have been the "house cleaning" you did. Do you remember if they needed their own language pack(s)?

I've noticed and wonder if this can be tied into the admonishment I've been seeing for the last year or so where Windows update will tell you that if you've recently installed a language pack you will have to reinstall it after installing this update.
I was thinking backwards here.

Here's what I was thinking:
  • If you install a language pack after you install this update, you must reinstall this update. Therefore, we recommend that you install any language packs that you need before you install this update. For more information, see Add language packs to Windows.

It wouldn't hurt to force a check for Windows Updates since the Fonts Folder has been disrupted, if it looks okay and you don't need a bunch of updates, okay, but, I would hold my breath until the next patch Tuesday has passed. Speaking of which, is in progress right now.
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