Sep 9, 2010

Get rid of MV Boli on Windows 7/Vista/Xp

some time ago our dear friend MoyaMeeha wrote on how to "get rid of the damned boli font" on Windows XP and whatnot. Unfortunately Windows Vista broke the tool that was used..and it remained broken in windows 7.

Sadly though, MV Boli remains to haunt us.

FORTUNATELY though, it appears to be a relatively simple task to rid ourselves of this menace!

WARNING: Always make a backup of your registry before editing it.

The fix involves changing out two registry keys. I'm not entirely sure if changing the first one is absolutely necessary, but we'll do it anyway for good measure.

in the start menu search bar, type "regedit" and open it. (XP users type regedit in the Run dialog)
Once in the registry editor navigate to

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts]

Here you'll see a listing for a bunch of fonts. Scroll down until you find the name of your REPLACEMENT font (eg MV Faseyha). Double click this, and copy the value. Now scroll to where it says "MV Boli", double click it and paste the value you just copied into the dialog box. Click ok. Also make a note of the NAME of the replacement font. Choose the replacement font wisely. It has to be a good unicode font. I recommend MV Faseyha, Faruma or one of the fonts from the Iyyu or Elaaf family of fonts.

Now navigate over to
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes]
from here find the key "MV Boli", double click it and change the value to the name of the replacement font exactly as it was in the previous list (without the "(open type)" bit) eg. "MV Faseyha","MV Iyyu Formal" etc...

save and exit. Then restart your system. Boli should be replaced now.

IF you're feeling super lazy, I've put together a small registry patch file that should do the work for you. However I do not recommend using this as the font file name and stuff may differ between systems.

Download HERE

thanks apo and ÎĦΣçҜәѓ™ for the help testing this out.

12 Comments:

ÎĦΣçҜәѓ™ said...

hahA! How long has it been since I last edited registry! LOL! DAMN SCHOOL! I am missing all the excitement here! But thanks dude! This does work! Tested on WIN 7! Keep up the good work! :D

apo said...

Great work. :D

Anonymous said...

there was no "MV Boli" in [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes]

so?

SoE said...

Then make one. Right click and select add->string

give name as "MV Boli" and proceed as above.

Ahmed said...

Thank you so much. Took you long enough to figure it out :P

ÎĦΣçҜәѓ™ said...

@Anonymous: No need to make a Mv boli string! Just use the reg file! It does the work For YA! :D

moyameehaa said...

thanx dude! had some problems first but its ok now. aaand, it doesnt work on chrom omnibar. whats up with that? must be a chrome thing i guess. anyways. thanx again! and eedhumubaarik!

SoE said...

I'm not sure, but chrome seems to have some unicode issues. It has trouble displaying thaana fonts properly anyway.

//Sub/Corpus said...

seems to work OK ...
chrome doesnt seem to play nice with thaana fonts ...
even on the mac ... have to fire up opera to read haveeru and other dhivehi sites ...
thanks ...

Anonymous said...

Maumoon vs Kandukos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpE8pnHEGfE

amira said...

it worked :)
god knows how much and how long i have agonized over that MV Boli font coming up on my screen when I opened a page I was working on.
And today, I stumble upon your blog-post via moyameehaa's how-to post and voila!!!
Thanks for the post.
Am cursing myself for not having found this post sooner. I guess I should have used the proper search terms :)

Anonymous said...

I am really new nd may b stupid cox for me it doesnt work ! so can u upload a registry patch file or show it on youtube??..

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