Can’t Install Fonts on Windows 10? The Solution Is Beyond Weird

Dave LeClair 27-11-2015

Let’s be honest here for a second: sometimes computers can be weird 7 Fun & Weird Things You Can Create With Microsoft Excel Imagine Excel was fun! Excel offers plenty of scope for projects that go beyond its intended use. The only limit is your imagination. Here are the most creative examples of how people are using Excel. Read More . You’re having an issue and you’ve tried every logical fix, and the problem persists. That’s when it’s time to stop thinking logically and start thinking about weirder, offbeat fixes.


Today, we’re looking at the inability to install or preview fonts The 8 Best Free Font Websites for Free Fonts Online Not everyone can afford a licensed font. These websites will help you find the perfect free font for your next project. Read More in Windows 10. As it turns out, this issue is more common than you might think, and the solution to the problem is baffling. Hear me out, though, because as crazy as it sounds, this solution is working for users across the net.

If you’re having problems with adding new fonts, all you need to do is… turn on Windows Firewall.


To do so, just click Start and then type “Windows Firewall” into the search box. From there, click the button labeled Turn Windows Firewall on or off. Check the boxes, install your fonts, and then go back to the same screen and turn it off again (if you prefer not to use it).

Is Windows Firewall connected in any way to fonts? Not in the traditional sense, but something about having it off is causing Windows 10 to error when accepting new fonts. Once turned on, your fonts will install just like they would normally!


Did this work for you? Let us know in the comments!

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Related topics: Fonts, Troubleshooting, Windows 10.

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  1. Joe
    June 1, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Did not work.
    Can not install fonts no matter what.
    Can not find the solution anywhere on the internet.

  2. Adam T
    March 26, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    This did not work for me. I still cannot add any fonts. I give up.

    Thanks anyway.

  3. gordon
    February 4, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Yes after i turned windows firewall on the fonts installed immediately
    in windows 10 i also have the windows updates deferred as the last time it updated it sent my icons into two coloumns down the left hand side most strange i could no longer make the critical updates and retried but they would not install

    phoned microsoft help line and they told me they could fix it if i allow them remote control over my PC and a one off payment of £60 or a yearly fee of £90 and that would give me vip treatment for a year? i already had the november update and that was problematic enough.

    i have followed all the PC magazines advice on how to disable all the worst things in Win 10
    PC runs absolutely fine now that i have deferred the updates.... i am currently afraid to allow the updates again as this will screw up my current configuration and as for letting microsoft remotely control my PC isnt that what they are already doing?? i feel i have little or hardley any control left over my PC WinXP and Win 7 were so good.. i still have a laptop running win 7 pro and an old pc that runs xp pro with absolutely no problems whatsoever ?

  4. Daniel Fisher
    November 28, 2015 at 1:51 am

    I have encountered this problem but I can't seem to get your solution to work. I have many, many fonts (too many??), and this issue is problematic for me. I am using Bitstream Font Navigator to manage my fonts.

    It is possible that I have not effectively implemented your solution. I have installed MacAfee LiveSafe and I confess that I am not entirely familiar with the ins and outs of the program. Since MacAfee takes control of Win Firewall I think I need to go through it to manage the Firewall. When I do that, it appears that the Firewall is already turned on.