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Q: Customizing the way XP loads fonts on startup. ( No Answer,   0 Comments )
Subject: Customizing the way XP loads fonts on startup.
Category: Computers > Operating Systems
Asked by: drtrmiller-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 14 Jun 2006 08:22 PDT
Expires: 14 Jun 2006 20:07 PDT
Question ID: 738080
I recently installed about 10,000 fonts on my Windows XP machine and
now I notice that when booting up, it takes several minutes to
actually log on and to resume from hibernation.  I assume that this is
because Windows is loading all the fonts into the VRAM or wherever.  I
do not want to have to uninstall the fonts and only install the when I
use them.  Is there a simple way to customize the font list that
Windows loads on startup and then, If need be, load all the others at
will rather than by default?  Note again that I don't want to really
have to do something manually time and time again, I want a solution
that can be set up a single time and then quickly automated for subsequent
uses.  Thanks!

Request for Question Clarification by webadept-ga on 14 Jun 2006 09:01 PDT

Typically, when its bad news, we don't traditionally put the answer in
the pay area. Unfortunately, this answer is all bad news. In fact this
is one of the main calls I get for "sudden slow down on boot"... the
client just installed a library of 10,000 fonts. Windows indexes all
fonts on boot, so the more you have in there, the longer it takes.
Article here :

There are some programs out there that make installing and
uninstalling fonts easier... library managers, but a list of these
would be the best answer I could give you. There is no setting in the
registry or any place else to put a limit on the number of fonts
Windows will index prior to login, and if there was, there would be no
way of using the fonts that were not indexed at that time, except of
course to install them again... which is kinda silly really.

If you would like some suggestions on font managers I would be happy
to answer with those.



Request for Question Clarification by rainbow-ga on 14 Jun 2006 09:58 PDT
Please take a look at the instructions located on the following link
and let me know if this answers your question:

Looking forward to your clarification.

Best regards,

Clarification of Question by drtrmiller-ga on 14 Jun 2006 14:56 PDT
Hey, webadept-ga, I don't want a font manager really and rainbow-ga,
that, I say sadly, DIDN'T WORK.  Sorry.  Just wasted 2 hours of my
life manually moving the files to another folder and reinstalling
shortcuts of the originals--that was insane.

Clarification of Question by drtrmiller-ga on 14 Jun 2006 20:06 PDT
I just figured out how to do what I was trying to do--so for all the
graphics artists and font enthusiasts out there, here it is.

To temporarily load a font directory outside of your system fonts
folder, first obtain a copy of AMP Font Viewer.  I believe this is

Anyway, in the program, click on the NOT INSTALLED FONTS tab, find the
font directory (where your non installed fonts are), and finally click
the button at the bottom VIEW FOLDER AND INSTALLED FONTS.  This
temporarily installs all the fonts from the selected directory only
while the program is open.  If you have over 10,000 fonts, as do I,
expect several Minutes of loading time.

After loading, open whatever application you work in and you will find
that your font collection is intact.  Close AMP Font Viewer and,
quickly, the fonts are uninstalled.

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