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Rebuild Font Cache in Windows 10

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Font Cache works the same way as Icon Cache, and Windows operating system creates a cache for fonts to load them faster and to display them to the interface of the app, Explorer etc. If for some reason the font cache is corrupted then the fonts may not appear properly, or it starts displaying invalid font characters in Windows 10. To resolve this issue, you need to rebuild the font cache, and in this post, we will see how to do that.

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Rebuild Font Cache in Windows 10

The font cache file is stored in the Windows folders: C:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Local\FontCache, If you are trying to access this folder then you won’t be able to do that directly as Windows protect this folder. Font’s are cached in more than one files in the above folder. Anyway, without wasting any time, let’s see How to Rebuild Font Cache in Windows 10 with the help of the below-listed tutorial.

Rebuild Font Cache in Windows 10

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

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Method 1: Manually Rebuild Font Cache in Windows 10

1. Press Windows Key + R then type services.msc and hit Enter.

services.msc windows | Rebuild Font Cache in Windows 10

2. Scroll down till you find “Windows Font Cache service” in the services window.

Note: Press W key on the keyboard to locate the Windows Font Cache service.

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3. Right-click on Window Font Cache Service then selects Properties.

Right-click on Window Font Cache Service then select Properties

4. Make sure to click on Stop then set the Startup type as Disabled.

Make sure to set the Startup type as Disabled for Window Font Cache Service

5. Click Apply, followed by OK.

6. Do the same (Follow the steps 3 to 5) for Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache 3.0.0.0.

Make sure to set the Startup type as Disabled for Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache 3.0.0.0

7. Now navigate to the following folder by going to one folder at a time:

C:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Local

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Note: Do not copy and paste the above path as certain directories are protected by Windows. You need to manually double-click on each of the above folders and click Continue to access the above folders.

Manually Rebuild Font Cache in Windows 10 | Rebuild Font Cache in Windows 10

8. Now once inside the Local folder, delete all the files with the name FontCache and .dat as the extension.

Delete all the files with the name FontCache and .dat as the extension

9. Next, double-click on the FontCache folder and delete all of its content.

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Double-click on the FontCache folder and delete all of its content

10. You need to also delete the file FNTCACHE.DAT from the following directory:

C:\Windows\System32\

Delete the file FNTCACHE.DAT from Windows System32 folder

11. Once done, reboot your PC to save changes.

12. After the reboot, make sure to start the following services and set their startup type as Automatic:

Windows Font Cache Service
Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache 3.0.0.0

Start Windows Font Cache Service and set its startup type as Automatic | Rebuild Font Cache in Windows 10

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13. This will successfully Rebuild Font Cache in Windows 10.

If you still see the invalid characters after restarting, you need to repair your Windows 10 using DISM.

Method 2: Rebuild Font Cache in Windows 10 using the BAT file

1.Open Notepad then copy & paste the following:

@echo off

:: Stop and disable "Windows Font Cache Service" service
:FontCache
sc stop "FontCache"
sc config "FontCache" start=disabled
sc query FontCache | findstr /I /C:"STOPPED" 
if not %errorlevel%==0 (goto FontCache)

:: Grant access rights to current user for "%WinDir%\ServiceProfiles\LocalService" folder and contents
icacls "%WinDir%\ServiceProfiles\LocalService" /grant "%UserName%":F /C /T /Q

:: Delete font cache
del /A /F /Q "%WinDir%\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Local\FontCache\*FontCache*"

del /A /F /Q "%WinDir%\System32\FNTCACHE.DAT"

:: Enable and start "Windows Font Cache Service" service
sc config "FontCache" start=auto
sc start "FontCache"

2.Now from Notepad menu click on File then click Save as.

Rebuild Font Cache in Windows 10 using the BAT file

3. From Save as type drop-down select “All Files” then under File name type Rebuild_FontCache.bat (.bat extension is very important).

From Save as type select 'All Files' then under File name type Rebuild_FontCache.bat & click Save

4. Make sure to navigate to desktop then click on Save.

5. Double-click on Rebuild_FontCache.bat to run it and once done reboot your PC to save changes.

Double-click on Rebuild_FontCache.bat to run it

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That’s it, you successfully learned How to Rebuild Font Cache in Windows 10 but if you still have any questions regarding this tutorial then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

1 thought on “Rebuild Font Cache in Windows 10”

  1. My files are not DAT files in step nine. They are listed as VCD video files, and I’m unable to delete those files.

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