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How can I browse the C:\Windows\Fonts directory as regular files instead of fonts in the Windows 7 Explorer?

I need to access the Security tab in Properties, since the fonts have bad privileges after restoring a backup from another computer.

Edit: I can open the Properties dialog by right-clicking a single font (not a font family), but the files that cannot be opened due to the bad privileges, don't even show up in the font list.

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I ended up solving this by removing almost all fonts, restoring to another directory and installing them from there. It seems like it's a bad idea restoring font files directly to the Fonts folder. But is there really no way to browse the Fonts folder? –  Christian Davén May 17 '10 at 12:28

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In Windows Explorer navigate to the fonts folder using UNC convention: \\computer-name\c$\Windows\Fonts (also see Can't remove certain fonts in Win7)

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Clever! In order to change security settings, though, I had to first share the drive explicitly with full privileges to the Administrator user (or any other user, I suppose). –  Christian Davén Mar 30 '11 at 8:12
that's curious, I've not encountered that. In any case, on Win7 sometimes using ip address (\\\c$\...) instead of \\localhost or \\computer-name can cure some network access or share issues. –  matt wilkie Apr 8 '13 at 20:16

Just reset the permissions on the Fonts folder itself and force it to propagate the changes to all files. You can easily do that from Explorer.

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Sorry, but there is no security tab in properties for the Fonts folder. At least not for me. –  Christian Davén May 17 '10 at 12:26

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