Can't preview any font in Windows 10 recent install

Page 3 of 3 FirstFirst 123

  1. Posts : 35,442
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    bobcat.ttf was just an example of one I have. Of course in an ideal world Windows would go and find it for you if it wasn't there...

    So I understand you've got Preview and Print in the context menu, but no actual preview.

    Does not appear to be a valid font windows 10(fixed) | super easy - YouTube

    - set Windows Firewall to automatic and start it.

    1. I've tried it in both as both a standard user and admin - it's fine.

    2. Noted you've used an absolute path C:\Windows rather than %Systemroot% - one report suggests doing that. We'll leave it for now until you've got this working.
    Last edited by dalchina; 01 Apr 2017 at 09:18.
      My Computers

  2. Posts : 25
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    In fact, I have restored Windows to a backup of this morning, (because I mixed up some things). Then uninstalled Norton completely (just in case), fixed registry another time (for the keys that gave errors), and now in ContextEdit (now launched without compatibility mode) I can't make appear the Preview and Print, no matter what I try (?). I guess the Preview option appeared before because I did launch it as Windows 95 (I dunno exactly why), but no more. So, I am still with the error and in the context menu it shows Print (Imprimir) as shown in one of my previously posted sshots.

    Now, I checked ShellMenuView and under Disabled it says No:

    Can't preview any font in Windows 10 recent install-2017-04-01_15-57-09.png

    Regarding Windows Firewall, I know, but in my case it was activated already. Anyway I have just uninstalled Norton just to verify it, now the only Firewall in my PC is the Windows one, and it is activated, and the error is still there:

    Can't preview any font in Windows 10 recent install-2017-04-01_17-10-51.png

    I have tried also the hidden Administrator account of Windows, and in this account I have the same problem (?)...
      My Computer

  3. Posts : 35,442
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    There may be a hint in a thread I found- a 3rd party program. Here the context menu entries vanished, attributed to an image program ACDSee.
    Install Font and Preview font options.. gone.. - Windows 7 Help Forums

    So..have you installed other Font managers? Try uninstalling them.
    I recommend Geek uninstaller - runs the normal uninstall, then a scan for leftovers.
    Or Revo.

    You may get ideas if you rt click a ttf file and see what's in the Open With list.

    Clearly this is a more obscure problem that has occurred for a good number of people, so there may be a solution 'out there'. Maybe someone else here will have some thoughts..

    You could use a program such as this to try to add your own context menu entry:
    Can't preview any font in Windows 10 recent install-snap-2017-04-01-16.31.22.jpg

    Sorry, beyond creating a new user and trying that, I've really no more ideas.
    Last edited by dalchina; 02 Apr 2017 at 01:18.
      My Computers

  4. Posts : 25
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter


    I have some news. I have tried what you suggest, but without success. As I came here because I did not found any solution looking around, I did not try more to find a fix elsewhere, so I was thinking what could I try. I picked a Win10 AU DVD and launched it from Windows. To my surprise it gave me the option to install Windows 10 over the existing one, keeping data AND applications...So I gave it a try.

    Voilą! it fixed the font problem, now I can preview the font as always, and I keep apps and data (I had to reinstall some drivers, but that's it) :)

    I would have liked to know what was causing the problem, but anyway, now it is solved.

    ...but everything come with its dark side. And now I have another, new, problem I'll open a new topic to keep subjects separate, though.

    I wanted to thank you for your help and support you have given to me. I really appreciate it. Tx!
      My Computer

  5. Posts : 35,442
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    You're welcome. Good- an in-place upgrade install should fix most Windows system things. It keeps all your programs and most settings.

    It won't fix damaged user profiles.

    Here's the write-up I usually use when recommending it - if there's something to add from its effect on your system, let me know. Thanks.

    Precede it with this in case sthg has happened to your file system:

    From an admin command prompt
    [Windows key + X, click command prompt (admin)]
    chkdsk C: /F
    Your PC will need to restart.
    Make sure the result is clear or fixed- else do not proceed.
    Post back the result, which you can get after a restart as follows:
    How do I see the results of a CHKDSK that ran on boot? - Ask Leo!

    An In-place upgrade repair install will fix many things, but not those where the settings are not changed by the procedure.

    For this you need an installation medium with the same base build as you have installed, and x64 if you have a 64 bits OS, else x86 (32 bits).

    You should also make sure there's at least 500Mb of unallocated space on your system disk.

    Before you perform the following major repair procedure, do create a disk image (see below).

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
    - this includes a link from which you can obtain a Windows 10 iso file (" download a Windows 10 ISO"), or create a Win 10 bootable medium.

    I would recommend creating the bootable medium, as this can be used
    - for any future in-place upgrade repair install
    - to boot from and use its recovery options should Windows become unbootable.
    - to clean install Windows

    This will refresh Windows, after the manner of a Windows installation.
    - all/most associations will be unchanged
    - all your programs will be left installed
    - However: if you have installed some on a 2nd drive, these must be uninstalled or reinstalled on C: - else you will get an error message that you can not keep my apps because they arein an unsupported directory.
    - no personal data should be affected
    - you will lose any custom fonts
    - you will lose any customised system icons
    - you may need to re-establish your Wi-Fi connection
    - you will need to redo Windows updates subsequent to the build you have used for the repair install
    - Windows.old will be created
    - system restore will be turned off- you should turn it on again and I recommend you manually schedule a daily restore point.
    - you will need to redo any language downloads including the display language if you changed that)
    - inactive title bar colouring (if used) will be reset to default
    - if Qttabbar is installed, you need to re-enable it in explorer (Options, check Qttabbar)
    This is one of the better features of Win10: as each major build comes out, that's your updated reference build, and as updates are mostly cumulative, there will be few to do.

    Please consider using disk imaging regularly. It's a brilliant way to
    - preserve your system (and your sanity)
    - back up your data
    - restore your system to a previously working state in a relatively short time

    Recommended: Macrium Reflect (free/commercial) + boot disk/device + large enough external storage medium.
      My Computers

  6. Posts : 3
    Windows 10

    Possible solution for you!


    I had the exact same thing, no preview, and then I remembered the "T" icon in HitmanPro Alert (advanced screen). I saw that you are using HMPA also, so there is a big chance that it is the same problem. See screenshot at link: It is the Text symbol "T" at the orange Risk Reduction part.

    I turned it off and then rebooted my PC. Everything is working fine again since then!

      My Computer

  7. Posts : 25
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Thank you. Anyway, finally I finished by reinstalling from scratch (I love Windows), as the other solution I tried, solved it but created some other ones, as commented in the other thread I opened, and even more it felt like lagging, so I reinstalled everything. I wanted to say just to finish this story/thread, regarding my case, at least.
      My Computer

  8. Posts : 35,442
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Pity that was necessary, but some resolution. So now is the time to create your first disk image... and then update that periodically to protect yourself and potentially save some reinstalls.
      My Computers

  9. Posts : 25
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Yes, I know. And I had already daily images with Macrium Reflect in external hard disk. My problem was that I had spotted the font problem more than a month ago and thought that I could solve it later as I had urgency to finish OS setup, and during these weeks I installed and configured quite a lot of software. So much, that it was not worth to use the backup vs a complete reinstall. So, my conclusion is:

    1. Make daily (or frequent) OS backups in external disk


    2. Whatever problem you observe in Windows, try to solve it at the moment, do not leave it for later, as it could be not possible to solve (or not without unacceptable side consequences), and it will be too late to use a backup image, as you may lose too much work done in between.
      My Computer

  10. Posts : 35,442
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Yep, it's the ones you don't spot that will get you... the best you can do is keep your personal data away from the OS partition or disk. That way your data isn't necessarily on the same disk image.
      My Computers


  Related Discussions
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 18:01.
Find Us

Windows 10 Forums