I no longer provide pre-built packages. You may either compile from source or download a package from another site (cygwin has a fontforge package).
You must insure that you have cygwin installed on your system. Cygwin is free. (cygwin makes MS Windows look enough like unix to allow fontforge to run there). Getting all the bits of cygwin seems to be the hardest part of installing fontforge -- probably because it is the least expected part.
Most of what you need you get by default. But you must explicitly request X11 and the libraries.
There are now alternatives to cygwin.
Someone has ported fontforge to mingw, which is much simpler to download than cygwin:
Instead of downloading cygwin you can install one of the virtual machines (or something similar) which run linux, and then install fontforge from a linux package.
I used post a cygwin install package on sourceforge's file release system. Old versions are still there, but they are out of date now. There's a certain amount of pother involved in using the file release system, but you get the file eventually.
I have no idea where your browser put the package you have just downloaded. This is unfortunate as I can't tell you exactly what to do next. But find the package (often it's on the desktop) and then move it into C:\cygwin\home\<username>. (where <username> is whatever name cygwin gave you)
$ bunzip2 fontforge_cygwin-*.tar.bz2 $ tar xf fontforge_cygwin-*.tar $ cd fontforge $ ./doinstall
$ twm &
$ fontforge -new
Caveat: cygwin has a different
approach to the file system than Windows. A filename like
C:\windows\fonts\arial.ttf will be called
/cygdrive/c/windows/fonts/arial.ttf under cygwin (backslashes
are replaced by slashes, and the initial drive "
Similarly a cygwin filename
Caveat: Do NOT try to install a font by using fontforge to write the font directly to the Windows\Fonts directory. This doesn't work. Windows needs to do some magic when installing a font that it can't do if fontforge writes directly there. Instead have fontforge create the font somewhere else and then use Windows' own drag & drop technique to move the font from there into Windows\Fonts.
Caveat: I've been told that on Win 98 you need to have "Microsoft Network Login" installed to run X. I never found this to be true myself, but if you have problems it might be something to try.