Ever since the introduction of the Modern UI with Windows 8 way back in the second half of 2012, many PC users were against it and they wanted traditional UI back. But after some time, more users actually started to like the new User Interface because of the apps optimized for the new, touch-like environment. Even though a lot of people started to like Modern UI, because of its numerous benefits, it also had some cons. One of them is definitely the appearance of blurry fonts in Windows 8 Modern UI.
Nowadays some Windows 8 and Windows 10 users like the new Windows UI so much that they’re demanding some traditional Windows features, like Control Panel for example, to move completely into the tablet-like interface and make all settings available from one place, regardless of the device. But this isn’t the only problem for the users of Modern UI, as a matter of fact this is the less-annoying issue. Another problem hitting users of Windows 8 and Windows 10 is related to blurry fonts, as many users complained about this issue all over the Microsoft forums. They said that fonts on their computers looked terrible and foggy.
Users of older Windows versions also had the similar issue, but these blurry fonts only affected Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer on the desktop, while this issue is affecting the Modern UI, as well.
Microsoft Should Perform ClearType in Metro
In order to solve the problem with the blurry fonts in Windows 8, Windows 10 Modern UI, the feedback request was made in Windows UserVoice channel. Shortly after its creation, the suggestion received more than 4,000 votes from Modern UI users. Which means that many people are united in intention to tell Microsoft to make Windows Store apps looking better on their devices. Performing ClearType in the touch-optimized environment arises as a reasonable way to fix the mess. As some users say that Universal Apps look very bad no matter the screen resolution.
Luckily, none of the users experienced this kind of issue in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Technical Preview, so far. Which means that Microsoft probably didn’t allow this issue to appear in the newer versions of their operating system. But, due the amount of feedback reports, we should expect that Microsoft will start to investigate and eliminate the issue on Windows 8, Windows 10 as well.
Some rumors around the internet say that Microsoft could look for the solution of this problem at rival platforms in order to completely prevent this in the further versions of Windows.
“This problem can be solved for ever if they adopt the rendering technology used in other platforms like Linux and OS X!. I can’t forget the days where I used to use Safari for Windows just because of the font crispness I enjoyed inside of Safari ONLY under Windows.”
Fortunately, Microsoft still has enough time to completely eliminate blurry fonts from the market version of Windows 10, because the Technical Preview will be available until the spring of 2015. But, if we dig in the history a little bit, we will notice that the problem with the blurry fonts have been present since Windows 7, regardless of many workaround people actually found in the meantime.
Currently, Windows 10 is still in the development phase, and only Technical Preview is available to users, so a lot could change until the operating system becomes available in the market in its final version, next year. So, if you’re one of the users facing the problem of blurry fonts in Windows 8 Modern User Interface, the least you can do is to give your vote for the suggestion in Windows UserVoice.
UPDATE: Since the writing of this post, we came across a series of possible solutions to help you fix blurry fonts in Windows 10. We’ll list the most useful ones below.
Steps to fix blurry fonts on PC
Solution 1: Reinstall the problematic fonts
If you recently upgraded to Windows 10, your fonts may not have installed properly. In this case, you should reinstall them manually. As a quick reminder, if you’re running the Windows 10 April Update, you can now download a plethora of fonts from the Microsoft Store.
Solution 2: Disable scaling on high DPI settings
Blurry fonts are quite a common issues on high DPI displays. Here’s how to fix it:
- Right click the executable file that has blurry font issues > go to Properties.
- Select the Compatibility tab > disable Display scaling on high DPI settings > Hit Apply.
Solution 3: Rebuild the font cache
If your font cache is corrupted, your fonts may appear blurry or may not display at all. Here’s how to rebuild your font cache:
- Go to Start and enter services.msc. Hit Enter to launch the Services feature.
- Locate Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache 18.104.22.168 > right click on it and stop it.
- Open a new Run windows and enter this command: %windir%ServiceProfilesLocalServiceAppData. Hit Enter.
- Navigate to the FontCache directory. Delete all the files that contain the ~FontCache- prefix and delete them. Check if the issue persists.
These workarounds should fix your problem. Let us know which one worked for you.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2014 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.