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    How many fonts can Vista hold? (Vista)

    A friend of mine just bought a Vista computer. He installed 1400 fonts in the computer. A number of years ago, a Microsoft Windows technician warned me about the dangers of having too many fonts in the computer. He claimed that the limit was approximately 1000 fonts, no matter how much space or memory the computer has. My friend said that a Dell technician claimed that Vista could hold more fonts. Is there any truth to this or was the Dell technician in error?
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    Re: How many fonts can Vista hold? (Vista)

    I have NOT see any reports on this, but, maybe your friend will let us know how his machine and 1400 fonts get along.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: How many fonts can Vista hold? (Vista)

    From what I can remember when this came up ( the reason was the question "Why the heck does someone want so many fonts?" was brought up over the water cooler)

    In Windows NT, 2000 and XP there is no limitation on the number of fonts which can be installed, however the boot time will increase due to the requirement to read the information for all those fonts while the system is starting up.

    In Windows 95, 98 and Me you could only install a maximum of about 1000 TrueType fonts. The exact number of TrueType fonts you can install varies, and depends on the length of the TrueType font names and file names. It basically comes down to memory size and the registry.

    I would say that with Vista this should be the same as NT, 2000 and XP <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: How many fonts can Vista hold? (Vista)

    Found the following at Developer Best Practices and Guidelines for Applications in a Least Privileged Environment about 3/4 of way down.

    <hr>Best Practices

    The language packs need to be included in the base image or made available on the software provisioning site. However, it does not appear to be possible to intercept the download since it is initiated by Internet Explorer rather than the application code. Therefore, applications likely to fail should have Help text or frequently asked questions (FAQs) added to explain the process.

    Note Once a Windows system surpasses 400 fonts, the machine becomes slow. This issue is being addressed in Windows Vista.<hr>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: How many fonts can Vista hold? (Vista)

    I've got 745 fonts installed and I don't have any noticeable slowdowns on bootup or any other anomalies. YMMV <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: How many fonts can Vista hold? (Vista)

    <hr>with Vista this should be the same as NT, 2000 and XP <hr>

    Are you saying Vista is *just another* MS OS? <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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