Font fix

Remove and restore non-Windows fonts with this free tweak.

Windows comes with so many fonts you'd need a warehouse for them all if they were old-fashioned metal typesets. Digital fonts are virtual, but they do consume disk space and memory. They can slow down your boot-up if you've got a lot of them, which is quite possible if you've installed any software. Lots of programs add their own font sets, and Windows loads them all every time you start your PC. FontFrenzy from Sound Doctrine is a free utility that can boost your system's performance by removing and backing up all non-Windows fonts. Most programs will run just fine with Windows fonts, and you can restore program-specific fonts on demand. FontFrenzy also offers some interesting font-management capabilities, such as the option to preview, remove, and update selected fonts.

FontFrenzy's compact interface is based around five icons and a main window displaying all of your system's installed fonts. The Defrenzy icon removes non-Windows fonts, while the Refrenzy control restores them. FrenzyMan is the font management tool, while FrenzyInfo calls up assistance. We started with the FrenzySnap tool, which takes a "snapshot" of all your fonts and saves them in a folder to be restored when needed. We then ran the Defrenzy tool and rebooted, which seemed a bit quicker. Next we opened various apps to see if everything still worked. It did, so we ran the Refrenzy tool. FontFrenzy displayed both sets of fonts we'd saved, the complete set of installed fonts and the back-up folder of removed fonts. We selected the latter folder, and FontFrenzy quickly restored all fonts. However, since everything seemed to work fine with just the Windows fonts, we'd probably just keep things Defrenzied. The FrenzyMan tool lets you select various fonts and commands by checkboxes, and there's an interesting Repair Fonts Folder command on the Tools menu, too.

While most PC users probably aren't too worried about the number and size of the fonts installed on their PCs, there's no doubt that they can slow your system down. FontFrenzy is just the sort of free tweak that can actually boost performance, and for some that's all that matters.

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