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Restoring deleted system fonts

By JOHN TORRO

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 30, 2001


Q. I have had nothing but problems since I tried to delete some of my fonts according to your article (Solutions, April 16). I have been unable to print documents with some fonts in color, but not in black. I reinstalled Office 2000 Premium and my printer software, but that didn't help.

A. You may have deleted some of the default system fonts. To restore these, reinstall Windows, which will replace missing system files while keeping your files and settings intact, or restore from the Windows install media only the default system fonts. Here's how:

If your Windows install media is on a CD, boot the computer with a Windows 98 Startup disk with CD-ROM support. If you have a copy of the Windows source files on your hard disk, boot to a DOS prompt (press CTRL key while booting Windows 98 or the F8 key for Windows 95). The following instructions assume that your CD-ROM drive letter is drive D and that Windows is installed in the C:\Windows folder. If you've booted with a Windows 98 boot disk, your CD-ROM is most likely drive E, so adjust the following instructions accordingly:

-- For Windows 95

  • extract /a d:\win95\win95_02.cab *.fon /l c:\windows\fonts
  • extract /a d:\win95\win95_02.cab *.ttf /l c:\windows\fonts

-- For Windows 98

  • extract /a d:\win98\win98_22.cab *.fon /l c:\windows\fonts
  • extract /a d:\win98\win98_22.cab *.ttf /l c:\windows\fonts

-- For Windows Millennium

  • cd\windows\options\install
  • extract /a win_17.cab *.fon /l c:\windows\fonts
  • extract /a win_19.cab *.ttf /l c:\windows\fonts

Does anybody really know what time it is?

Q. I installed the NISTIME-32BIT.exe time updating program (Solutions, April 2). Almost every time the computer boots, I get a message saying the server is down. Have we overloaded its system, your being so popular and all?

A. Thanks for the compliment, but I doubt my column is responsible for overloading the NIST servers. Keep in mind that the NISTIME-32BIT program is meant for Internet connections that are always on (cable/DSL/LAN). For modem access, the ACTS (Automated Computer Time Service) program will be necessary. If you have a broadband connection, run the nistime-32bit.exe (from Start, Run) and from the menu bar click File, Update Server List. You can see the list of NIST servers that the program uses by viewing with Notepad the NIST-SRV.LST file, which is most likely in your Windows folder. Rearrange the order of the server list, but be careful to keep all the servers between the beginning and ending $.

Restoring thumbnail views, part 2

Q. I am having a problem with your answer to "Restoring Thumbnail Views" (Solutions, Feb. 12). It works intermittently. When I look under the Views menu, sometimes I cannot find the thumbnail option. What did I miss?

A. Make sure that the properties of the folder you are in contain the Thumbnail option. Click once on the folder (which contains the picture files) to select it. Then right-click and select Properties from the context menu. Click the "Enable thumbnail view" option to turn this feature on and then click the OK button.

Making e-mail addresses go away

Q. How can I eliminate addresses when I forward my e-mail or print only the message?

A. In the Outlook Express menu bar, click Tools, Options, then the Send tab. Make sure the "Include Message in reply" option is not checked. In Microsoft Outlook, you can find this switch under Tool, Options, then click the E-mail Options button and check the "When Replying to a Message" selection box. Other e-mail programs may have similar settings. This should take care of the forwarding situation. To remove this information when printing, my suggestion is to delete the header and address information manually before printing.

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