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Re: trusted installer
Yes you can delete the fonts.
No, you don't have to live with a bunch of garbage fonts.
The "file is open by another program" is wrong and misleading.
The Chinese, Korean, Japanese and other whacky fonts are not locked by the system, nor required for the system to operate.
------first give yourself ownership and full control of the font file(s):-------------
-----using the command line------
- Click start
- Type: "cmd" in the search box. It will find cmd.exe with a black box icon up at the top of the search window.
- Right-click cmd.exe and click Run As Administrator
- cd to c:\windows\fonts or whatever folder has your fonts.
- Type these commands into the command prompt. If you only want to delete one font, use the font filename instead of *.
- takeown /F * /A
- icacls * /grant Administrators:F
-----^^^^end of using the command line^^^^------
-----using the Windows GUI------
In the font viewer window (Control panel/Fonts):
Right click the font file and select Properties.
Select the Security Tab.
Click the Advanced Button.
Click the Owner Tab.
Click the Edit Button.
In the 'Change owner" section, select your current username.
Click Apply, click OK twice.
This will return you to the Security Tab.
Select your administrator account in the 'Group or user names' section.
Click the Edit Button.
Select your administrator account again.
Place a check mark in the Full Control check box.
Click OK twice.
-----^^^^using the Windows GUI^^^^------
The above steps grant the administrators group and/or your current username full access to the font files. Now you can delete the fonts using the control panel font manager (assuming your current username is part of the administrators group. You can type "whoami" to see your current username). If you still can't delete the font file, see the "other issues" at the end of this document.
There are several issues that may all contribute to this problem. You may have to address several or all of these issues before you have success.
***a reboot is required is many cases
Even after you properly set the permissions on the file with icacls, you will need to reboot the computer before you can delete the file. (Microsoft bug).
***Windows may incorrectly assign you the most restrictive permission assigned to the file instead of the most liberal.
Go to the command prompt and icacls the file (icacls is a newer version of the depracted cacls). You may notice that the "users" group has only RX (read & execute) permission to the file. Since you are an admin and the admin group has full control, Windows should award you the most liberal permission avalable to you and give you full control, but instead Windows is incorrectly limiting you to RX permission. To fix the problem, use icacls to award the users group full control. Then reboot and try again. (Microsoft bug).
c:>icacls myfont.ttf /grant users:F
***The "font preview" window in the Microsoft Font Viewer window will incorrectly lock the font.
The Microsoft Font Viewer Window (Control panel/Fonts) has a preview window (organize/layout/preview pane). If this is open you will not be able to delete the font. Moreover, if you try to delete the font with the preview open, you will thereafter not be able to delete the font even if you close the preview pane. You will need to reboot the computer and then try again. (two Microsoft bugs).
That's at least five Microsoft bugs chalked up during a simple no-brainer operation. That's real (lack of) talent.