I do not know why but opening C:\Windows\Fonts leads to this view:

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when I know I should be getting this: enter image description here

Is there something wrong with my Windows 10 install? I just did a fresh installation yesterday.

2 Answers 2


The folder has either lost its desktop.ini file or the folder's ReadOnly attribute has been cleared, which means its desktop.ini file won't be processed.

  • Open the C:\Windows folder in a Details view.
  • Add the Attributes column.
  • Verify that an R is displayed for the Fonts folder.

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If it's not set, open a PowerShell window to C:\WIndows and execute the command:

  • (gi Fonts).Attributes += 'ReadOnly'

If that doesn't fix the issue, check the contents of the desktop.ini file:

  • In the PowerShell window, execute the follwoing:
  • notepad c:\Windows\Fonts\desktop.ini

The contents should be as follows: enter image description here

If the file doesn't exist, create it. Set its attributes to Hidden and System:



'@ | sc c:\Windows\Fonts\desktop.ini -Force

(gi c:\Windows\Fonts\desktop.ini).Attributes += 'System'
(gi c:\Windows\Fonts\desktop.ini).Attributes += 'Hidden'

  • Perfect, all the way up to the desktop.ini not existing. Thank you!
    – Arkuen
    Commented Oct 25, 2021 at 21:21
  • You're welcome! Thanks for the feedback. Commented Oct 26, 2021 at 2:21

Just change the icon size from drop down menu at bottom right from small to large.

  • This does not group it by font family/collection though
    – Arkuen
    Commented Oct 14, 2021 at 1:21
  • sort them alphabaticaly
    – Ha'Penny
    Commented Oct 14, 2021 at 11:43

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