In Windows 7 in C:\Windows\Fonts, this is what FixedSys looks like when my system is set to English (US) locale:

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And this is what it looks like with Japanese locale:

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They're both called FixedSys, but there's obviously a difference. What's the second one actually called, and where is it located in Win7?


Some historical information from Wikipedia :

It is the oldest font in Windows, and was the system font in Windows 1.0 and 2.0, where it was simply named "System". For Windows 3.x, the system font was changed to a proportional sans-serif font named System, but Fixedsys remained the default font in Notepad.

The article Windows 7: Fixedsys as Console Font has this:

There is no font file named fixedsys.*. Fixedsys is a font name mapped to several old raster fonts with the name pattern *fix*.fon found in the C:\Windows\Fonts directory. These fonts are aimed at different old terminals like VGA, CVGA and others. On Windows 7, these fonts are:


Some fonts in Windows are rather aliases that depend on the locale.

Changing the locale is done in two places that I detail below. I don't know if they will help in your case, but you could give them a try.

For both methods, go to Control Panel > Region, then click on Administrative tab.

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Set the language for non-Unicode programs

Click the button Change system locale. In the dialog, select your locale. This is not the Windows locale, just the language locale for non-Unicode programs. You will need to reboot to apply.

Note: the change of the language used for non-Unicode programs gets applied to ALL non-Unicode apps and files. Therefore, if you need to run another non-Unicode app which uses a different character set, you need to change the non-Unicode program language again.

Set international settings

Click the "Copy settings..." button, and you should see a dialog similar to this:

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Set one or both options at the bottom of the dialog, and click OK to copy the language settings from the current user account to the system account. Copying non-Japanese language settings to the system account should change the font mapping.

Warning : I suggest creating a system restore point before starting.

  • Interesting, I didn't realize that. I'm not necessarily trying to change the font though. I'm just wondering what the Japanese "version" of FixedSys is. It must be a named font that exists somewhere on the computer. – eternal Nov 7 '18 at 21:11
  • I found the information and updated my answer. – harrymc Nov 7 '18 at 21:32
  • Thanks! I didn't check all of them, but it looks like the one I wanted was jvgafix.fon – eternal Nov 7 '18 at 23:19

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