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ArcGIS 10.2.1 for (Desktop, Engine, Server) Set Shapefile Default Code Page Patch

Published: April 30, 2014


This patch allows user sites to modify the default code page used in shapefiles to meet specific needs. At 10.2.1 the default code page was set to UTF-8 to be consistent with industry standards.


EsriĀ® announces the ArcGIS 10.2.1 for (Desktop, Engine, Server) Set Shapefile Default Code Page Patch. To be consistent with industry standards at ArcGIS 10.2.1 UTF-8 was established as the default code page for shapefiles. This patch allows user sites to modify this default to meet specific needs via a registry key. Knowledge Base - Technical Article 21106 explains the changes and provides a partial list of supported code pages. Any code page supported by Windows is likely to work. This patch deals specifically with the issues listed below under Issues Addressed with this Patch.


Issues Addressed with this patch

  • NIM100357 - Setting the code page in the registry does not properly change the code page used by a shapefile on creation. (Desktop and Engine only)
    • NOTE: On ArcGIS for Server, for Web compatibility, UTF-8 data will always be created.

  • NIM100355 - Adding Japanese characters as field names for a shapefile is generating the error: "Failed to add the field to the table /Feature class. The field type is invalid or unsupported for the operation".
  • NIM098820 - A shapefile created at 10.2, and then consumed and exported in 10.2.1, loses the attribute values in the last field.


Files Installed with this patch


Under the Windows <ArcGIS for Desktop, Engine, Server Installation>\bin folder:
  • GdbCoreLib.dll
  • ShapefileFDB.dll


Installing this patch on Windows


Installation Notes:

System Administrators: A technical paper is available that discusses the enterprise deployment of ArcGIS 10.2.1setups using Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS), System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), and Group Policy, including additional system requirements, suggestions, known issues, and Microsoft Software Installation (MSI) command line parameters. Deployment in a lockdown environment is also covered. ArcGIS 10.2.1 Enterprise Deployment.

Installation Steps:


ArcGIS 10.2.1 for Desktop, Engine, or Server must be installed before installing this patch.

  1. Download the appropriate file to a location other than your ArcGIS installation location.

        Checksum (Md5)
    ArcGIS for Desktop ArcGIS-1021-DT-SSDCP-Patch.msp 56D6A53C813EAC6054B5AB1EC99570B6
    ArcGIS Desktop Background
    Geoprocessing (64-bit)
    ArcGIS-1021-BGDT-SSDCP-Patch.msp F4D58EE77C42A53526629B47BF704D26
    ArcGIS Engine ArcGIS-1021-E-SSDCP-Patch.msp 56D6A53C813EAC6054B5AB1EC99570B6
    ArcGIS Engine Background
    Geoprocessing (64-bit)
    ArcGIS-1021-BGE-SSDCP-Patch.msp 5E8034BE6A3CF41864FDA0A130651966
    ArcGIS for Server ArcGIS-1021-S-SSDCP-Patch.msp B43EA874DAD2972B6C2D42974B53A6F2

  2. Make sure you have write access to your ArcGIS installation location.
  3. Double-click ArcGIS-1021-<Product>-SSDCP-Patch.msp to start the setup process.

    NOTE: If double clicking on the MSP file does not start the setup installation, you can start the setup installation manually by using the following command:

    msiexec.exe /p [location of Patch]\ArcGIS-1021-<Product>-SSDCP-Patch.msp

Patch Updates

Check the Patches and Service Packs page periodically for the availability of additional patches. New information about this patch will be posted here.

September 11, 2014: Setups have been added for Desktop and Engine Background Geoprocessing for 64-bit.

How to identify which ArcGIS products are installed

To determine which ArcGIS products are installed, choose the appropriate version of the PatchFinder utility for your environment and run it from your local machine. PatchFinder will list all products, hot fixes, and patches installed on your local machine.

Getting Help

Domestic sites, please contact Esri Technical Support at 1-888-377-4575, if you have any difficulty installing this patch. International sites, please contact your local Esri software distributor.

Download ID:2090

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