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I usually use the MS Mincho font for doing Japanese stuff. However, with XeLatex the following creates gobbledegook:

% Font should be available on windows
\setCJKmainfont{MS Mincho}


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But when I change out the "MS Mincho" for "SimSun" it renders perfectly fine. I have MS Mincho installed on my computer, so why can't I use it?

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What version of XeLateX will be started? Look in the beginning of the log file, with your MWE on a recently updated MiKTeX I’ve got “XeTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.4-0.9998 (MiKTeX 2.9)”. Your MWE worked fine here, but I have only “msmincho.ttc” installed, cf. Michael Madsen’s answer. – Speravir Sep 2 '12 at 1:41
For comparison: I’ve just updated my TeX Live portable and compiled the MWE. The log file tells me “XeTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.4-0.9998 (TeX Live 2012/W32TeX)”. So, the version numbers are the same. – Speravir Sep 2 '12 at 2:33
Mine ends in "99975". Michael Madsen's answer solved it. – Nate Glenn Sep 2 '12 at 2:46
up vote 5 down vote accepted

This mailing list message seems to deal with the same issue, and it is apparently caused by the presence of multiple versions of the MS Mincho font (both .ttc and .ttf files). You should be able to see the files if you open a command prompt in C:\Windows\Fonts and write dir msmincho*. It should be safe to delete the .ttf version, and that should fix your problem.

This bug may be MikTeX-specific; I have both of those files, but I use TeX Live, and your example compiles as expected for me. (In fairness, however, I just updated everything a few hours ago, so you should probably try that first.)

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It is not a really a bug but a side-effect: xetex consists of two parts (the real xetex engine and the driver xdvipdfmx) and if two font versions exists one part can find a different version than the other. Miktex and TeXLive differ in the fontconfig configuration: E.g. if a font is installed in a texmf tree it can be that only miktex actually sees it. So TeXSystem can be affected differently when two versions of a font exist in a system. – Ulrike Fischer Sep 2 '12 at 9:27

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