Font substitution problem

Hi

Recently I have instaled some software. After rebooting I noticed that  look of Windows was changed: fonts of title bars, menus, icons, toolbar were changed into Arial (at least it looks like). Desktop properties shows that font is MS Sans Serif as it was before. Changing fonts did not help. Uninstall did not help. I have searched the whole registry for words 'Arial' and 'Sans' and did not found anything unusual. I think that install changed the registry and now NT substitutes Sans Serif with other font: Arial. Another reason may be that install changed the font so that NT can't work with codepage it worked before. How can I handle this and return to my favorite look of NT?

Thanks in advance
valkaAsked:
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LermitteCommented:
Right click on a emplty space on you desktop. Go to properties => Appearance. In the item go will find a dropdownbox. There you can change everything that you want. Even the fonts for the menu's and message box. Choose icon... Go to font and change the font...

Mario
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LermitteCommented:
Oeps, I don't have see good... In your Font directory have you there the font MS Sans Serif???

Go to control panel fonts see if you have true tyupe fonts .. See if that checkbox is disabled...

Mario
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valkaAuthor Commented:
Hi Mario

1) Yes, I have MS Sans Serif font installed
2) Checkbox you are talking about is disabled
3) I can change the font in Desktop properties into any true type font and it works. But if I change into not true type font then it shows like the same Arial (no matter which font I choose).

Looks like NT allows to use only true type fonts for desktop.
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LermitteCommented:
What if you reinstall the Service pack...

Mario
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valkaAuthor Commented:
Reinstalling is an option but after installing SP5 I have installed a lot of software and I don't want to lose anything. Probably there is a way to fix  it all by changing registry and/or some dlls or font files.
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LermitteCommented:
You can begin to reinstall the Sans Serif font...and see...

Mario
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valkaAuthor Commented:
Funny thing: QuickView shows fonts
sseriff.fon and sserife.fon as Arial.
On the other PC with the same configuration it shows MS Sans Serif.
How can it be if these files do not contain word 'Arial' at all?
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LermitteCommented:
I don't know but take the fonts from the other PC and install these in place of the two that you have now...I think that the problems are gone..

Mario
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valkaAuthor Commented:
No, problems not gone because font files are exactly the same. I don't think that the font files make a problem. It's rather registry problem.
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LermitteCommented:
Look in the registry on FontMapper...is there a entry for MS SANS SERIF??

This must be the value 1000...

Mario
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LermitteCommented:
Also there must be in HK_Local_Machine\software\microosft\currentVersion\fonts a entry:

Value name:
MS Serif 8,10,12,14,18,24 (VGA res)
Value data:
SERIFE.FON

AND

Value Name:
MS Sans Serif 8,10,12,14,18,24 (VGA res)
Value Data
SSERIFE.FON

Mario
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valkaAuthor Commented:
At last I found the cure : SP6a.
It also fixed some other small but annoying NT bugs.
However I didn't found the cause of my problem.
Thanks for trying to help. Good luck.
Post any answer and I'll give you some points.
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LermitteCommented:
In one of my comments I have say to reinstall the service pack :-)

Mario

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