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Backup and Restore

Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2020 5:41 pm
by fontbob
I use MainType to backup font (used) library because I remove many, many duplicate (looking) fonts to minimize the quantity of font W10 is keeping. (Simply makes for shorter font lists within program needing many font style change selections.)

When backing up the fonts on an existing W10PRO machine, sometimes Windows will update and re-install some unwanted fonts.
Usually, simply restoring from backup works, re-installing my minimized font list.

This morning MainType version was upgraded. After the upgrade unwanted fonts had returned (perhaps over the weekend on a W10 upgrade???) and the backup from my most current restore image did not replace with my minimal font list. Rather, I had to manually remove the unwanted fonts, again.

Main Type support personal are telling me that when changing OS version (for example W7 to W10) this is a normal behavior. Protecting any "New" fonts from being over written during restore. In my humble opinion, that is fine when upgrading from W7 to W10.

Not so good when I want to restore my minimimal font list on an existing W10PRO machine that has only upgraded associated software within the W10 operating system.

Is this a feature that could be adjusted or enhanced in the future?

Re: Backup and Restore

Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2020 3:41 pm
by Erwin Denissen
Since we do not know what fonts will be included with future versions of Windows, we find it tricky to allow a backup to override all installed fonts.

When you make a new backup, do tag all installed fonts, so after a restore you know which ones you need to uninstall and reinstall to go back to the original situation.