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?

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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:

8514fix.fon
8514fixe.fon
8514fixg.fon
8514fixr.fon
8514fixt.fon
c8514fix.fon
cvgafix.fon
h8514fix.fon
hvgafix.fon
j8514fix.fon
jvgafix.fon
s8514fix.fon
svgafix.fon
vgafix.fon
vgafixe.fon
vgafixg.fon
vgafixr.fon
vgafixt.fon

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 at 21:11
  • I found the information and updated my answer. – harrymc Nov 7 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 at 23:19

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