How do you migrate fonts from one computer to another?

I have an employee who is migrating from one computer to another. They work heavily with graphic and video software (Adobe) and they have been using a lot of custom fonts on their old computer. The problem we are having is migrating the fonts over to the new computer. I have copied the C:\Windows\Fonts folder on the old computer and pasted it on the new computer, both computers are Windows XP SP3.

After that I restarted, I opened up Control Panel and opened the Fonts folder and I see the new fonts; however, no applications have access to those fonts, including MS Word.

What step am I missing?

Thank you.
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Matt VCommented:
The correct way to install them on the new PC is to open the Fonts Control Panel and use File -> Install new Font.

Browse to the folder you copied the other PCs fonts into and select them all.  This creates all the required associations to make the fonts available to Windows apps.

Copy the Font files in a USB or other storage medium. Transfer to new system.  Go to Control Panel>Fonts Then navigate to File>install New Font, select the font file from the storage and click OK.

Now it should appear in the Adobe
mcjim2kAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys, I'm testing this now, will let you know shortly.
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mcjim2kAuthor Commented:
No luck.

I reloaded the original Fonts folder, then added a font using File > Install New Font and the font still doesn't show up in any Windows applications or Adobe, but the font appears in the Fonts folder.

I have restarted after the fonts were reset, and after the new font was installed and still no luck.

Any ideas?


Could be that the fonts are not registering properly.

I have attached a copy of High Logic's Fix Font Folder (FiFoFo) program (you can also find it elsewhere on the web). You can also try using Tweak UI's fix font folder, if you have it installed, but the FiFoFo program is better.

Give it a try, and let us know.


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mcjim2kAuthor Commented:
That has fixed the problem, thanks a lot.
Glad to help out :)
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