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How many fonts can XP have in the fonts folder before there are problems

font_truetypeYou can install a maximum of approximately 1000 TrueType fonts in Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows Millennium.

The exact number of TrueType fonts you can install varies, and depends on the length of the TrueType font names and file names.

You can install a maximum of approximately 1000 TrueType fonts in Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows Millennium.

The exact number of TrueType fonts you can install varies, and depends on the length of the TrueType font names and file names.

More Information:
Installed TrueType fonts are listed in the registry and in the Graphics Device Interface (GDI).

The Registry:
All font files are registered under a single key in the registry, and a registry key cannot exceed 64 KB in Windows 95. If font names average 20 characters in length and font file names average 10 characters in length, the maximum number of TrueType fonts you can install falls between 1000 and 1500.
If a TrueType font file is located in a folder other than the Fonts or the System folder, the full path to the font is included in the registry, using up more space in the key and reducing the number of fonts you can install.

The GDI:
The GDI contains an internal list of fonts, with 10 KB reserved for font file names. If font file names average 10 characters in length, the maximum number of TrueType fonts you can install is approximately 1000.

You can use all installed TrueType fonts simultaneously and you can print them in the same document.

Note that the Windows 95 Resource Kit incorrectly states that there is no limit to the number of TrueType fonts you can install in Windows 95 and Windows 98.

That’s the reason that there was a limit on previous versions of Windows, and since “In Windows XP, the Registry Size Limit (RSL) functionality has been removed. Therefore, there are no longer any limits on the total amount of space that may be consumed by registry data (hives) in paged pool memory, and in disk space.”So based on those two bits of information, I’d have to say that there is no limit whatsoever to the total number of fonts that you can have installed.


Source: TweakXP extinct forum thread.

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