Fonts effect on system performance

By thabidi ·
Does having a bulk of fonts (like 7000) in WINDOWS XP, slow down my system performance and cause crash problems in other software like photoshop and illustrator?

How many number of Fonts (max.) does microsoft recommend for WINDOWS XP, without causing any performance issue?

System Configuration: Dell Precision T3500 with Windows XP sp3.

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by seanferd In reply to Fonts effect on system pe ...

7000 is way too many, from a performance standpoint. they are all loaded at startup. At around 1000, things start slowing down. More RAM, of course, makes a difference. But any app that has to load all the fonts will suffer as well.

For the fonts you rarely use, move them to a different folder. Throw them into the fonts folder as needed.

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Coffee Spew,,,,yes

by robo_dev In reply to Yes.

Every font must be loaded when Windows starts, so a more reasonable number is like 400 or so.

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Yeah, I tend to go much lower.

by seanferd In reply to Coffee Spew,,,,yes

I usually delete a fistful of default Windows fonts that are never used.

Now, apps that have their own font cache as well will have to be adjusted wherever that cache lives.

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Got me checking mine

by santeewelding In reply to Coffee Spew,,,,yes

There are 140 native to my W7Pro. Something like a third or more are variations of Chinese, Hindi, Hebrew, and the like.

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Try it and find out

by Slayer_ In reply to Fonts effect on system pe ...

I was always told no, that fonts are only loaded from the kernel fonts.

You can always delete the fonts if it causes havoc.

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