Windows 8 Default Font Download – Repair Kit

A long time ago I’ve offered you a simple solution on how to restore your default fonts in Windows 7. The basic idea is that you can get in real problems if your default system fonts get messed up. For example, when you install too many fonts or even worst, when you allow other software to replace your fonts. In this cases, your explorer, your browser, your games and basically everything on your computer can show strange characters and bad font style.

To repair this error I recommend to restore all your fonts:

1. Go to C:\Windows\Fonts (where C:\ is my Windows drive) and delete as much fonts as you can. (ctrl+a to select all and delete key to delete … skipped where the system couldn’t remove the files)

2. Download the default Font folder : Windows 8 Default Font Folder

3. Extract the content of that folder.

4. Select all the files in the extracted folder (ctrl+a)

5. Right click and select Install

Enjoy! If you search the default fonts for Windows 7, click here.


  1. For some reason all of my default fonts are gone, so this is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Thank you so so much!

    • I am investigating that now … come back to you soon.

      [Later Edit] Sorry, there was a missed link. Now it should work fine. Thank you for noticing me that!

  2. This would be more helpful with pictures, because I can’t read any of the folder/option text due to the whole fonts being missing thing

    • Hi Jess, thank you for your tip. I am thinking now that maybe is better to create you a script (batch file) for this. I will come back to you during this weekend with this.

      Until that, just browse to C:\Windows\Fonts and hit ctrl+a then delete. From the zip file, just hit ctrl+c to copy and ctrl+v to paste.

      Hope you can manage it until my reply. Thanks!

  3. Hello, sorry for this question. The arrow at my laptop was missing. I can’t click any apps. For now, I just use the left, right, up, down and enter button. I cant turned off the laptop in the right way. Please help me. Thank you.

  4. Hi,
    I’m using a Windows 8.1 OS..
    For some reason my default fonts are getting deleted every time i restart my system..

    after restart all the text will look symbolic..
    not readable.. i check my font folder everything deleted.. only 2 fonts will be remaining..

    Please help me fix this..


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