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After you change the file type of the latest version of a file to the UTF8 file type in Microsoft Visual SourceSafe 2005, you cannot compare the latest version of the file to any earlier versions of that file. Additionally, if you try to compare the latest version of the file to any earlier versions of that file, you may receive an error message that resembles the following:
The character encodings on these files are different. Only files with the same character encoding can be merged or compared.
Note This problem occurs after you upgrade from Visual SourceSafe 6.0d to Visual SourceSafe 2005.
After you upgrade from Visual SourceSafe 6.0d to Visual SourceSafe 2005, all file types that are in check-in histories in VSS Explorer are the ANSI/SBCS file type.If you use VSS Explorer to change the file type of the latest version of a file to the UTF8 file type, the file types of all earlier versions of that file are changed from the ANSI/SBCS file type to the Binary file type. After the file types of all earlier versions of that file are changed to the Binary file type, you cannot compare the latest version of a file to any earlier versions of that file.
A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.
If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.
Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.
The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
After you apply this hotfix, all earlier versions of a file are changed to the same file type as the latest version of the file. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
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