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Certain fonts on server show in bad quality

After some recent windows updates (over 100 so no idea which one) all users on one windows 2008 (not R2) server have really bad quality Arial font display issues

Selecting other fonts, those appear normal and fine... seems to be any version of Arial

What i've done so far:
copied all of the arial font files from another server that doesn't have this issue, overwriting the ones on this server, rebooted, no change

copied ALL the fonts from another server, rebooted, no change

reverted to a previous version of the video card driver, rebooted, no change

updated to the latest video card driver, rebooted, no change

ran the microsoft EU Expansion Font Update, rebooted, no change

HKCU/control panel/desktop/fontsmoothing = 2 (changing to zero has no effect)

beyond just the some-bold-some-not, squished together, look specifically at the "o" in the size 10 example below, see how they have weird dots

example picture posted below:
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This is due to update KB3013455. According to Infoworld.com, update KB3013455 solves the issue which can be found here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=45662

The infoworld article can be found here: http://www.infoworld.com/article/2885974/patch-management/microsoft-surreptitiously-reissues-kb-3013455-for-vista-windows-server-2003.html
End-user support
Fix for text quality degradation after security update 3013455 (MS15-010) is installed: https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3037639


i have to split points this way because while both helped a lot, NewVillageIT link led me to the specific download for server 2008, while sno0401 was on track, that link was for vista which ultimately said 'this update does not apply to your system'

both were eye-opening as i didnt realize this security fix was the problem