ACC2000: Like "String*" Criteria Is Incorrect on Indexed (Duplicates OK) Fields That Have DBCS Characters

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When you use a LIKE clause on a column in a query, and the column has Double-Byte Character Set (DBCS) characters, not all records that meet the criteria are returned.


All records meeting the criteria may not be returned if the following conditions are true:
  • The database consists of DBCS data, such as Korean or Chinese.
  • The column is indexed.
  • Alphanumeric characters are the leading characters in the string.


Obtain Microsoft Jet 4.0 Service Pack 4 (SP4) or later, which contains an updated version of the Microsoft Jet 4.0 database engine.

For additional information about how to obtain the latest Jet 4.0 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
239114 How To: Obtain the Latest Service Pack for the Microsoft Jet 4.0 Database Engine


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


Article ID: 254816 - Last Review: February 28, 2014 - Revision: 4.0
  • Microsoft Access 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Data Access Components 2.1 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Data Access Components 2.1 Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Data Access Components 2.1 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Data Access Components 2.5
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