You may have several reasons why you want to remove fonts from your computer. You may prefer free software, or you may want to speed up your computer by preventing programs from loading all the characters in every font. Whatever the reason, this guide will tell you how to remove any font. You also need to have administrator rights to complete this process.
Step 1. Determine if the font is actually the source of the secure system
Enter C: \ Windows \ Fonts (or Start → Control Panel → Appearance and Personalization → Fonts), right-click on the font and select Uninstall. If the font is protected, then you will receive an error message that this font is a system font and cannot be removed.
Step 2. Open Registry Editor
Type "Regedit" (without quotes) into the Start menu and press "Enter". In the security warning box, click Yes.
Step 3. In the left pane, open the folder HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE → Software → Microsoft → Windows NT → CurrentVersion → Fonts
Step 4. On the right side of the window, select the fonts you want to remove, right-click and select “Remove”
Step 5. Open any program where you can change the font
If you see that the font still exists (which means that Windows really doesn't want the font to be removed), then you need to follow these steps.
Step 6. Go to the C: \ Windows \ winsxs folder
Step 7. Scroll down and find a series of folders that start with "amd64_microsoft-windows-font-truetype- [x]", where [x] is the name of the font
These are the folders where Windows keeps backups of fonts that it doesn't want to delete.
Step 8. Right click on the folder you want to delete and select Properties
When you try to delete a folder or font, you will receive an error message asking you for permission from "TrustedInstaller" to perform the action. You need to declare yourself the owner of this folder, and then you can change it.
Step 9. Click on the "Security" tab, then at the bottom of the window, click on "Advanced"
Step 10. In the next window, click on the "Owner" tab and click the "Edit" button
You will see that the current owner of this folder is "TrustedInstaller".
Step 11. In the next window, click "Administrators" or your account name and check the box that says "Change owner of subcontainers and objects", then click "OK"
Step 12. Click the "OK" button on all other "Properties" windows to exit
Step 13. Open the folder properties again (right click and select Properties), go to the Security tab and click Edit
Step 14. Select the account you selected in step 11, check the box for "full control" and click "OK"
You are now the owner of the folder and the font file in it.
Step 15. Close the "Properties" window
Step 16. Delete the font file and then delete the folder
If you try to delete the folder right away, Windows will tell you that the folder is open in another program, even if you have no programs running.
Step 17. Go to Registry Editor and delete the font entry
Refer to steps 2-4.
Step 18. Restart your computer
The font will no longer be available in programs until you reinstall it.
- The Registry Editor contains other links to the fonts that you want to remove. You should not remove or modify these fonts as they may render certain programs unusable.
- Make a backup copy of any fonts you want to remove. Do not uninstall Consolas or Segoe UI and their derivatives. These fonts are required in the Windows user interface.