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Is removing fonts a bad idea (on Windows 7 / Server 2008 in particular)?

Sorry - I'm not sure if this is better on SuperUser or elsewhere.

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Why would you even want to do that? –  Mircea Chirea Oct 5 '10 at 3:24
    
From a usability perspective; using a font selection drop-down that's populated with more fonts than you need isn't helpful. At a guess I'd only use around %5 (max) of the ones installed (by default) on my machine. –  Adrian K Oct 5 '10 at 20:41

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If you remove a font used by the system, then everything will look dicky and weird.

Apart from that, you should be OK - but I can't think of any good reason to be removing fonts from servers, but if that's what you want to do, then go for it.

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Thanks. I was mainly thinking of the impact on end-user machines but it occurred to me that there might be specific issues on servers. Any idea how you'd identify fonts used by the system (or should I post that as a separate question)? –  Adrian K Oct 5 '10 at 2:14
    
Unless the server needs those fonts for something that it does (PDF generation, perhaps) then it should not matter one bit. –  mfinni Oct 5 '10 at 2:28
    
@Adrian - there's no real definitive list. A quick-and-dirty method would be to go to the display settings, and customise your theme and just look at all the fonts in use for different things. –  Mark Henderson Oct 5 '10 at 2:46

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