Getting & Installing Sanskrit fonts

(3) Installing the fonts (Windows)

Now that you have the three font files, you will need to place them where your system can "see" and make use of them.

In more modern systems, you need only right-click on the fonts and select "Install" from the context-menu you see. Since International Support is enabled by default in Windows Vista and higher, you are now done. Please go to Step 4, "Testing the fonts".

(If you for some strange reason disabled International Support, you will have to restore it through some variant of this process: Go to Start > Control Panel, or else select 'Change keyboards' or 'Change Input Methods' from under the 'Clock, Language and Region' tab in the Control Panel. Now select 'Regional and Language Options'. Next, select the 'Keyboards and Languages' tab (if it is not already selected). Hit the 'Change keyboards...' button, hit the '+' sign, and then choose your desired language from the drop-down list. Then the 'Keyboard' item and tick your preferred keyboard layout(s). Finally, select OK twice to save your changes. You can now switch keyboards using 'Left-Alt+Shift'. Please go to Step 4, "Testing the fonts").

If you are not on Vista and higher and feel confident, then the simplest method is to open up a "Windows Explorer". (To get one, click on the "Start" bar, select "Programs", select "Accessories", click on "Windows Explorer). Now use the Explorer to navigate to the "Windows" directory. (This is usually located on your System Drive, almost universally called the 'C' drive). Now navigate to the "Fonts" directory. Then simply drag the fonts into the Fonts directory. You are done. Please go to Step 4, "Testing the fonts".

Alternatively, you can select all the fonts by using a left-click on your Windows Explorer to drag a box to enclose them all. Now use your right mouse button and right-click on your selected the fonts. Select either "copy" or "cut" from the context menu that appears. Now use the immediately above methods to open up a Windows Explorer for your "Fonts" directory inside your "Windows" directory. Now right-click inside the Fonts folder and select paste from the context menu that appears. (If you did not select all of the fonts at once, then repeat this little operation for each individual font). You are done. Please go to Step 4, "Testing the fonts".

But if these do not work for you, then try the method immediately underneath.

If the above methods do not work, then click on your Start button. Select "Control Panel". If you do not see a "Control Panel" option, then select "Settings", and then under "Settings" select "Control Panel". Alternatively, you can doubleclick on the "My Computer" icon on your desktop. Once that is open, select and open up the Control Panel.

Once you have the Control Panel open, doubleclick on your Fonts folder. That will open up the Fonts folder and show you all the fonts on your system.

Once you have the Fonts folder open, click on "File" in the menu bar. That will open up a dialogue box. Navigate to the folder containing the fonts. Select them or "Add" them to the dialogue box. Hit OK. You are done. You can now go to Step 4, "Testing the fonts".

If this did not work then your Fonts folder is corrupted, missing, or has lost its "Install Fonts" option. Follow the directions immediately under to salvage the situation.

If you had trouble installing the fonts using the above method, then you will have to close Windows, and restart it in MS-DOS mode. You can do this by closing it down, and then hitting the 'F8' key a few times while it is rebooting until you get a dialogue box presenting you with various boot-up options. Select the 'MS-DOS mode' option.

Once you are in DOS mode, type cd windows and then hit the Enter or Return key to change directory to your Windows directory. (If your Windows operating system is in some other directory, then please cd to that directory).

Now type the command attrib fonts +s and hit Enter (or Return).

Shut down Windows and then restart. You can now follow the directions above to go to your Fonts folder and install the fonts. You are done. You can now go to Step 4, "Testing the fonts".

If that still does not work for you, then try the instructions immediately underneath.

If you are still having trouble then you will now need to find the orginal CD-ROM that you used to first install your version of Windows.

Once you have it you will need to restart Windows in MS-DOS mode using the F8 key as above.

When you have the command prompt, type cd windows\system to go to your Windows System folder.

Type dir fontext.dll. and then hit Enter (Return).

If the file exists, then type ren fontext.dll fontext.bak to rename and backup the file.

On the original Windows original CD-ROM, find the file fontext.dll and extract or copy it to your Windows\System folder. Now restart Windows. You can then go back to the beginning of this procedure and install the fonts. You are done. You can now go to Step 4, "Testing the fonts".

If that still does not work for you, then try the instructions underneath. (You can also restore your original file, if you want to, by returning to DOS mode and typing ren fontext.bak fontext.dll and then restarting Windows).

If the above still does not work. then again restart Windows in MS-DOS mode.

Type cd windows\fonts and hit Enter (Return) to go to your Fonts folder.

Type dir desktop.ini to see if that file exists.

If the file exists, then type ren desktop.ini desktop.bak to rename the file.

Now go to your original Windows CD-ROM and copy or extract a new destop.ini file to your Windows\Fonts folder.

Now restart Windows and try again. You are done. You can now go to Step 4, "Testing the fonts".

But ... if none of these steps work for you, then you have a more serious problem regarding your fonts and the Font folder then can be assisted here. Try going to the Microsoft support pages and searching the knowledge base by putting in a suitable query. (You can also restore your original file, if you want to, by returning to DOS mode and typing ren desktop.bak desktop.ini and then restarting Windows).

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