Recommended maximum number of fonts in Windows 7

I have a user that has installed 45,000 fonts and it seems to be causing performance problems in windows 7 in certain applications especially when trying to display the fonts list.

I am trying to find out how many fonts Microsoft recommended maximum number in Windows 7,

I have seen posts from different people but I would really like to have something concrete from Microsoft that I can bring to the user and show that they are over the limit
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Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:
I don't believe that there is a maximum recommendation.

Performance depends upon available RAM, the way the application loads fonts, how many fonts are loaded, where they are installed in the system.

Having said that, I believe that 45,000 is far beyond the capacity of a Windows PC or any normal mortal's capacity to deal with them.

With a Font Manager you can keep fonts on your system but select which of them load when Windows starts.

Some good Windows 7 feedback here:

There's an old but good article here:

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Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:

Commercial font managers:

I've used Bitstream Font Navigator in the past and found it very good, but I believe its' been discontinued.

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