Windows Fonts Folder

June 8, 2009 at 17:30:07
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.992 GHz / 500 MB

I wish to move my Fonts Folder (complete with its special functionality) from ...\Windows\Fonts to G\...\Fonts.
I have tried changing all registry entries to the new location without the desired result. Any suggestions?

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June 9, 2009 at 00:18:05

Have you tried to copy what the fonts folder contained and paste it inside the G:'s font folder?

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June 9, 2009 at 04:12:45

Thanks for the response.
Yes I tried that. It results in a folder on G "that contains fonts" but the official system/shell folder "Fonts" remains in C\Windows.

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June 9, 2009 at 04:23:05

Windows Font folder is a Windows system folder. Windows system folders cannot - and should not - be moved.


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June 9, 2009 at 07:36:16

I am aware that the Fonts Folder is a system folder but then so are many other folders that are easily moveable via MS Tweak-ui, via third party programs or by fairly simple by-hand reg tweaks.
The seeming fact that, in its immovability, the Fonts Folder is different from others is intriguing.
Anybody know a technical reason for this?

Also, further "how to" information still welcome!

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June 9, 2009 at 07:59:46

The difference is Shell or Special Folders that can be moved via TweakUI or similar utility. Shell or special folders are located under Documents & Settings whereas Windows Font folder is not.

Is this clear for you now?


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June 9, 2009 at 14:46:02

I guess you didn't read my last question.
The location of a particular folder does not constitute a "technical reason".
I am not here to argue semantics or nomenclature ("system/special/shell") and I'm not too excited by condescending replies that merely state the obvious.

Real information only please, neighbours.

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