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I have a proble with Windows 8. If the current user session isn’t the first session started after a cold boot (basically meaning a restart in Windows 8), the console windows use very tiny 4x6 terminal font, and the 8x12 font is unavailable. I had this issue with Windows 7 before. My system language, user language and system locale are all Polish if that matters.

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Maybe it will help solve the problem if I add that it appears also on some Windows 7 instances, but I've never seen it on Win7 RC or Windows 8 previews. – gronostaj Mar 9 '13 at 14:33
    
A similar question on SF: serverfault.com/q/56093/98093 – kinokijuf Mar 9 '13 at 14:45
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Extra points for figuring out the "first session started after a cold boot" factor! – David Balažic May 25 '15 at 21:15

As I've seen as an answer to another post on Microsoft website, you should change your system locale to US English (but only if you can afford wrong diacritics -- in my language they are anyway wrong, though in a more subtle way if the locale is set to my normal one)

I used 7x12 font which approximates the correct font and would only be reset if the system is buggy (like some app fiddling with the settings). This one doesn't disappear.

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This doesn't solve the problem. The issue seems to affect only systems with non-English locale and they are using non-English locale for a reason. If English locale was their preferred one, they wouldn't face the issue in the first place. Could you give us a link to that post? – gronostaj Aug 21 '14 at 10:04
    
    
Btw it fixes the issue on my PC too. Anyway at least in my programs I find myself unable to use the extended character set for my language... Also, you can try the sfc/scannow trick, but that didn't fix it for me (I had nothing to be fixed). – Paul Stelian Aug 22 '14 at 11:59
    
The google search „missing 7x12 cmd font site:answers.microsoft.com” is a one-result search, btw :)) – Paul Stelian Aug 22 '14 at 12:08
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Yeah, it fixes missing font, but there's an obvious side effect that's mentioned in that thread: "If your language is different from the U.S. you don't have diacritics in console aplications after change system locale.". People don't set non-English locale for fun, they set it because they use it. Changing locale to English is not a solution. – gronostaj Aug 22 '14 at 12:20

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