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Q: ClearType fonts on Windows 2000 ? ( Answered 3 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: ClearType fonts on Windows 2000 ?
Category: Computers > Operating Systems
Asked by: jdcormie-ga
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Posted: 26 Apr 2002 15:03 PDT
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Question ID: 6245
Is there any method, supported or otherwise, to add ClearType fonts to
MS Windows 2000 ?
Subject: Re: ClearType fonts on Windows 2000 ?
Answered By: researcher-ga on 26 Apr 2002 15:29 PDT
Rated:3 out of 5 stars
"ClearType is a software technology developed by Microsoft that
improves the readability of text on existing LCDs (Liquid Crystal
Displays), such as laptop screens, Pocket PC screens and flat panel
monitors. With ClearType font technology, the words on your computer
screen look almost as sharp and clear as those printed on a piece of

There are currently no supported or un-supported means to implement
Microsoft ClearType on Microsoft Windows 2000. The first system-wide
implementation of Microsoft ClearType is in Windows XP and is now
appearing in Windows CE .NET. To read more information about what
Microsoft's ClearType is, please visit Microsoft's official website
for ClearType at

Dell released a white paper describing the new features in Microsoft
Windows XP and Microsoft's ClearType is described as follows:
"Windows XP incorporates ClearType, a font technology designed to make
screen fonts more legible on the LCD panels used in notebook computers
and handheld devices. ClearType was originally designed for e-book
applications to make on-screen reading more comparable to reading on
paper. ClearType screen fonts look less pixelated and more like a
printed font found in a book. Designed for LCD panels in notebook or
handheld computers where the improvement is more dramatic, this
feature can also improve font display on CRT monitors. (For users who
prefer the CRT display without ClearType fonts, the feature can be
disabled in the Display Properties.)"

Since ClearType is Microsoft's technology it is unlikely for any
third-party developers to implement it for Microsoft Windows 2000. In
Microsoft's official FAQ for ClearType, they address whether they plan
on releasing an update to enable ClearType for previous versions of
Windows and the answer is "No."

"Q. Does Microsoft plan to provide an update to enable ClearType on
Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows ME or Windows 9x?
A. No. "

Also, Microsoft does hold the patent for ClearType:
"Q. Does Microsoft hold any patents related to ClearType?  
A. Yes, in May 2001 Microsoft received its first ClearType patents
from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Other patent applications
are pending."

The "technology" behind ClearType is something dubbed Sub-Pixel Font
Rendering. Gibson Research Corporation details this technology as well
as states:
"The Genesis of these pages was Microsoft's Comdex announcement of
their new breakthrough font rendering technology, dubbed "ClearType".
This announcement gave the industry a much needed wake-up call.
Although Microsoft mistakenly believed that they had discovered
something new, they certainly deserve the credit for helping to bring
years of prior display system research and development into the
forefront of personal computing practice"

Additional information:

Microsoft ClearType

Sub-Pixel Font Rendering Technology

Dell White Paper: Windows XP

What's New in Microsoft Windows CE .NET

Search terms used:

"ClearType fonts" 

"ClearType fonts" "Windows 2000" OR "Windows 2k"
jdcormie-ga rated this answer:3 out of 5 stars
Obviously Microsoft won't officially release a ClearType upgrade for
Windows 2000 because they want to sell you XP. I was really hoping for
instructions on how to replace some font rendering .dll from XP which
might somehow "hack-in" support. I can't blame the researcher,
however, just because I didn't get the answer I was hoping for.

Subject: Re: ClearType fonts on Windows 2000 ?
From: gschmidl-ga on 27 Apr 2002 08:58 PDT
While there are no ClearType fonts as such, Adobe Acrobat and Adobe
eBook Reader ( and Microsoft Reader
( anti-alias their fonts for better
reading, even in Windows 2000.
Subject: Re: ClearType fonts on Windows 2000 ?
From: kitsch-ga on 29 Apr 2002 05:23 PDT
I have searched quite extensively for an answer to this question - 
Whilst Windows 9x and up has basic font smoothing technology built in
following service release 1 for Win95, the closest anyone has come to
developing their own proprietory software is GRC (as mentioned above)

The demo can be downloaded at

I read a while ago of someone who has developed their own
hand-anti-aliased TrueType fonts for use with Windows, but I can no
longer find this information on Google.

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