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Windows: Installing Fonts as Standard User

📅 2010-Jan-24 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 🏷️ fonts, installation, standard user, windows ⬩ 📚 Archive

A Standard User cannot possibly have the permissions to install fonts for the entire Windows system. So, what I mean is how can a Standard User elevate himself to an Administrator to install fonts?

The Run As trick does not work for Fonts. If you Shift + right-click on the Fonts shortcut, you do not see any option to execute it as Administrator or any other user. Neither is Fonts a Control Panel (.cpl) file, so cannot be launched by the runas.exe command-line program.

The Fonts dialog is actually just the C:\Windows\Fonts directory being presented in a special way by Windows Explorer. That gives us a way to install fonts as a Standard User.

Launch Windows Explorer with Administrator privileges. Type in C:\Windows\Fonts in the Address bar. You can now install fonts.