Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Giving Access the the Windows Fonts Folder on a Network

To give network users access to be able to add fonts the Fonts folder you'll need to complete the following processes:

UAC (User Accounts Control) security will need to be reduced or disabled:
  1. Go to Control Panel and select  "User Accounts"
  2. Change "User Account Control Settings"
  3. Select “Never Notify”
Give the user access to the font directory and modify the registry key permissions:

Directory:
    1. Open the command prompt using Administrator Privileges (right click cmd, “run as administrator”)
    2. Type and enter "attrib –r –s c:\windows\fonts" (this will allow you to complete the next step)
    3. Open Windows File Explorer, right click on the fonts folder and choose "Properties"
    4. Click the "Security" tab
    5. Click "Advanced"
    6. Click the "Owner" tab
    7. Click the "Edit" button
    8. Change the "Current Owner" to yourself
    9. Check the "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects" box
    10. Click "OK" on the pop-up box stating "You must close the window completely for the changes to take in effect"
    11. If you are not the intended user you'll need to edit the "Permissions" of the "Fonts" folder and allow "Full Access" for the intended user or security group.
Registry key:
    1. Run "regedit"
    2. Browse to : "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENT VERSION\FONTS"
    3. Right click on "Fonts"
    4. Select "Permissions..."
    5. Give "Full Control" to "Users"