How to install fonts in Windows XP and Vista

This brief tutorial will show you how to install new fonts in both Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Installing Fonts in Windows XP

The steps to install new fonts in Windows XP is actually very simple, once you know how to do it. Open up Windows Explorer (just double-click My Computer). Navigate to the C:\WINDOWS\fonts folder.


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Copy and paste the font file (fonts typically end with the extension .tty, .ttc or .fon) into the C:\WINDOWS\fonts folder. You’ll see a quick progress box pop up. That’s it – the font is now installed! Note: you may need to restart any applications you have open in order to use that font in that application.

Installing Fonts in Windows Vista

Installing fonts in Vista is even easier than it is in XP. Simply right-click on the font file, and select Install.

A UAC (User Account Control) window will pop up asking you to confirm you want to install the font. Click Continue. That’s it – you’re done! Similar to Windows XP, you’ll need to restart any open applications in order to use the newly installed font in that app.

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  • Faye Beth October 15, 2009, 5:06 pm

    When I did this, everything worked, except it said that there was not enough space to show the font. I deleted some other fonts, but it still said that same thing. I also deleted some programs. How can I use this font?

  • Pam Heim December 3, 2009, 5:08 pm

    I have a problem installing a particular font – keep getting a message to wait until windows is done using the file. I have tried everything – does anyone know how to get around this error?

  • Patrick Guasa January 12, 2010, 12:50 pm

    short and simple how to. thanks

  • Jagveer March 27, 2010, 10:51 am

    I Have Windows Vista, How You Download Fonts On Windows Vista?

  • Patrice May 31, 2010, 1:33 pm

    Thank you, so easy! I’d been struggling for a long time with how to download fonts on Vista and now I see it’s so easy with just 2 clicks!

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