Some font settings get reset to default every time Windows updates Solved

  1.    #1

    Some font settings get reset to default every time Windows updates


    I have set some things so I can see 'em better. I change the icon font, title bar font, message font, status bar font to a little bigger size and bold. I also set the mouse to automatically move to the default button in a dialog box (in tab of POINTER OPTIONS tab in CONTROL PANEL Mouse applet, not the mouse properties in SETTINGS).

    Every time a minor or major Windows update comes along, all of these settings revert to the default. Is there any way to prevent this, or to create a registry patch to update them back to my desired settings in one swell foop?
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  2.    #2

    Hi, if the changes are purely changes in the registry, then you can identify each change made using a free program called Regshot which you can find easily.

    Identifying a number of changes could take some time.

    Install and run Regshot. Make sure your PC is idle so as few other registry changes are being made.
    Take the first snapshot. (wait- 2-3 mins)
    Make 1 or more changes
    Take the second snapshot. (wait- 2-3 mins)
    Click compare.

    A page will be displayed in your browser listing additions, deletions and changes.
    From that you can identify and create a .reg file.

    Repeat as necessary.

    Note: due caution is strongly advised- make appropriate backups; don't rely on system restore as restoring too often fails.

    Registry backup, disk imaging (most of us strongly recommend Macrium Reflect (free) to be used routinely).

    This excellent documented free tool may help:
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  3.    #3

    Here's a specific tool:
    Advanced System Font Changer - WinTools.Info

    See what you think...
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  4.    #4

    I've been using WinaeroTweaker for several years. It's the best way I've found to quickly change the settings.

    Thanks for the advice re: RegShot for finding registry keys that get changed. I hope to create one .reg file to change as many font settings as possible with one click.

    Looks like Advanced System Font Changer is a subset of the changes you can do in Winaero Tweaker, so I'll continue to use WAT until I can create a .reg file. WAT has the ability to favorite all the settings and they are then listed at the top of the page. Makes the changes much easier than searching through the whole list of items.
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Home
       #5

    KenY7744 said: View Post
    I've been using WinaeroTweaker for several years. It's the best way I've found to quickly change the settings.

    Thanks for the advice re: RegShot for finding registry keys that get changed. I hope to create one .reg file to change as many font settings as possible with one click.

    Looks like Advanced System Font Changer is a subset of the changes you can do in Winaero Tweaker, so I'll continue to use WAT until I can create a .reg file. WAT has the ability to favorite all the settings and they are then listed at the top of the page. Makes the changes much easier than searching through the whole list of items.
    The relevant registry keys you would want to export are:
    Code:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics
    Then you can merge those back into the registry after any update.

    Keith
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  6.    #6

    Font & Mouse Settings Registry Keys Revealed


    How cool!!!

    Did you already know this piece of esoteric information, or did you find it through research? I have searched the registry so many times without finding these settings.

    In any case, thank you SO MUCH for telling me. This is a real time-saver.

    As a Windows Insider Fast Tracker, I have had to go through the hassle of changing these settings after every Insider Update, which come pretty frequently.

    Thanks again.

    Ken
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  7. Posts : 153
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home
       #7

    Years of "playing"! But the font size issue is dear to my heart now as I've experienced central vision loss in the past few years.
    For the curious, The REG_BINARY values for fonts corresponds to a Logfont structure:
    https://msdn.microsoft.com/ja-jp/lib...or=-2147217396

    Not too long ago, I found myself battling a highly controlled domain environment (no access to command prompt or regedit), but I found that PowerShell was still accessible, so developed this bit of code:

    Code:
    $key = gi 'HKCU:\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics'
    $Bytes = @((0,0xEa), (16, 0x58), (17, 0x2)) #Index/Value pairs
    $key2 = (gi $key.PSParentPath).OpenSubKey($key.PSChildName, $True)
    $key.GetValueNames() |
        ? {$_ -like "*Font"} |
            %{ 
                 $LogFont = $key.GetValue($_)
                 ForEach ($Pair in $Bytes) {
                      $LogFont[$Pair[0]] = $Pair[1]
                 }
                $key2.SetValue($_, $LogFont)
            }
     $key2.Close()
    Keith
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