*Close/save any opened documents and programs since this process will require a restart at some point,
plus programs/documents may attach hooks, locking the font-folder and its content.
First, stop the services
FontCache126.96.36.199 (Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache 188.8.131.52) and
FontCache (Windows Font Cache Service), and set the their startup-type to “disabled” (just for those few moments…)
Stopping those services, will allow you an easier access to the
without those processes constantly accessing the fonts-folder.
next use task-manager to stop
explorer.exe processes, which will unhook most of the hooks set to the
C:\Windows\Fonts folder (including the files inside it..)
Use unlocker to unlock any of the remaining hooks,
and any way of browsing for files such as FAR-commander or even Locate32, to help you delete any of the font files you want.
It is best to make a backup-copy of the entire folder, including all of the files inside,
Use CCleaner to automatically clean-up any registry-entries for the deleted-font files,
We’re almost done, and now it is time to delete the static-cache files for the font-folder,
so new ones will be created for the new folder-content.
Remove (or rename their extensions to
StaticCache.dat which you’ll find under
*Generating the new cache-files will be done automatically the next time the cache-services will start-up,
but we’ll let them start automatically after the next PC-restart.
Before restarting your PC,
switch the startup-type of both
FontCache to “automatic”,
without actually restarting them by yourself.
Quickly press [WINDOWS]+[R], to open-up the “run” dialog-box,
restart -f -r -t 00 and press [ENTER].
The next time the computer will be up,
after you’ll log-into your account, the new cache-files will be created.
You may even want to refresh the icon-cache for your desktop icons and such,
by running the following command:
ie4uinit.exe -ClearIconCache (you’ll have to wait few moments for it to finish). No need to restart afterwards.
The entire process takes few moments but it will speed up your Windows-PC,
especially if you’ll end-up deleting a lot of unneeded font-files.
Here is a way of doing the same process, automatically,
and much faster…