run the installer, select MODIFY and continue
I want to thank slgooding for this fix, and note that it works for me as well.
I first encountered the problem (my CS5 version of InDesign crashing on start-up, due to font issues, every time I tried to load a file) with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update in August 2016. Back then, I thought the problem was related to the very old font management program I had used for years (Bitstream Font Navigator, a free app with CorelDRAW), which was never really supported, nor was it updated. New versions of BFN were issued with new versions of CorelDRAW, but for all intents & purposes, it was basically the same program. BFN didn’t work all that great with Windows 7. It worked much better with Windows 10, but come August 2016, when InDesign started failing, I figured BFN was no longer compatible with the new OS, and that it was past time to move on to something else.
I was only able to get InDesign up & running again after I began editing the Windows 10 registry directly myself, purging a couple thousand fonts from my system, doing a clean reinstall of the Windows 10 system fonts, and adding my own code to the registry to activate a core group of additional fonts which I can’t live without (for several reasons, I don’t use the Windows Control Panel font installer for this).
Editing the registry is extremely tedious & time-consuming, so I began researching font management programs, which led to a trial run and purchase of Suitcase Fusion 7 in July 2017. It took me a long while to set it up properly (I have about 3700 fonts on my system, all of which I needed to reclassify and reorganize into Fusion 7 sets, etc.), completely transforming my work flow in the process (I didn’t used to “temporarily” activate fonts, which changes everything). After spending so much time setting up Suitcase Fusion 7, I was not happy when InDesign began crashing again on 11/15/2017, after another Windows 10 update on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 11/14/2017 – just like happened before with Bitstream Font Navigator.
Because I don’t use the Font Vault (and have no idea where Fusion 7 keeps my settings – such as tags and styles – for individual fonts and sets, so that I can back up these files separately), I was worried that I would lose weeks’ worth of work if I had to uninstall and reinstall Fusion 7 this week … let alone having to do this every time there is a major Windows 10 update!
slgooding’s fix averted this looming disaster, and I am so grateful!
Now, can anyone tell me where my settings are stored, just in case I ever need to fully uninstall/reinstall Fusion 7 in the future?
I’m assuming that I can’t just back up to the cloud with TypeSync, or use Suitcase Fusion’s Font Vault Archive feature, because I have chosen not to use the Font Vault (my preferences are set to “Added fonts are left in their original location”).