Troubleshooting Tweaks - Fix constant Italics font problem

When a rogue program decides to install its own version of system fonts, it may replace the original version of the font file with a shortcut in the font folder.  Once this program is uninstalled, the shortcut may now point to a font file that no longer exists. Windows XP in turn reacts by turning all unspecified fonts into italics upon next reboot.

The simple way to fix this is to delete all shortcuts in the font folder and replace them with the actual font file.

To do this, follow the next steps:

  1. To open the Registry Editor click on the Start button on your taskbar, then click on Run and type "regedit" and click on OK to start the regedit utility.
  2. Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts (see picture 1).

    Picture 1
  3. Double check the path of each font and look for any suspicious path and delete it.
  4. The modifications you made will be in effect after you reboot your PC.



Lex van der Horst

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