Windows XP default font issue

In a previous post I related an issue going on with my XP Pro-based machine yesterday, where the system font used in most app dialogs was suddenly larger and bolder. I posted a message on a group I belong to and got a great reference that helped me fix my XP font problem.

I followed the author’s Approach 3 and it worked like a charm. Here it is in shorthand:

  1. Right-click on the desktop then click on Properties.
  2. Go to the Settings tab and click on Advanced.
  3. On the General tab, click the dropdown menu for DPI Setting and change it to 75% in the dialog box that pops up.
  4. Restart the computer when prompted.
  5. After restarting, do the same sequence of tasks and reset the DPI Setting to 100%.
  6. Restart again when prompted.

This worked perfectly and thank God I didn’t have to reinstall XP Pro.


  1. Thank you so much for posting this. I experienced this exact same problem today and solved it with the method above– no need to copy or install system fonts from an install disk. Don’t know why it happened, though.

  2. Yes, I don’t have a clue why it happened to me, either, but it’s never happened again. Just some Windows weirdness I suppose.

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