Manually Removing Fonts From Windows, And Refreshing The Windows Font-Cache Storage File

*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 FontCache3.0.0.0 (Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache 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 C:\Windows\Fonts folder,
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,
just in-case.

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 .old) both FNTCACHE.DAT and StaticCache.dat which you’ll find under C:\Windows\System32\ and C:\Windows\SysWOW64\.

*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 FontCache3.0.0.0 and FontCache to “automatic”,
without actually restarting them by yourself.

Quickly press [WINDOWS]+[R], to open-up the “run” dialog-box,
type 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…

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