Windows 7: All My Fonts Are Italic!

Last week, I uninstalled some software on my Windows machine, a Dell “reader” app. I reboot. Right away I notice something is wrong, all my fonts that were usually just normal Times New Roman or Arial were italic. WTF?

I figured that removing the app somehow also removed or reset my default font’s on the machine. I had someone export out some reg settings and I added them back to mine and things returned back to normal. Attached is the reg file. YMMV. I’m not responsible for your machine getting hosed, or anything related to this fix. Backup your registry, yada yada. win7fontfix

Some apps are just downright destructive when uninstalling. I think back to DLL hell and some of the wacky things that could happen there. System DLL’s removed when uninstalling an app. Just horrible. It seems even with Microsoft’s latest OS, things can still get jacked by a bad app install/uninstall.

I could have also probably went back to a snapshot, but figured I would give it the 10 minute try to fix it approach first. Seems to have worked.

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3 thoughts on “Windows 7: All My Fonts Are Italic!”

  1. worked fine, A BIG THANK YOU :) other things failed and boom here it is :) If someone is as afraid as I am, the file does not contain any viruses, did a scan with a internet scanner to check that stuff :)

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  2. Since the fix file no longer seems to be available for download, here’s what needs to be changed in the registry to fix this problem (use regedit):

    Go to:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts

    …and change the value of this entry:

    Arial (TrueType)

    to

    arial.ttf

    (make sure that there is not a path before that file name. Just plain old “arial.ttf”, nothing else)

    Also, on 64-bit machines, be sure to check/correct the same thing in this path as well:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts

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