ArcCatalog Error when clicking on Description Tab

08-21-2016 12:12 AM
New Contributor III

I am getting this error when clicking on Description tab in ArcCatalogArcCatlog Description Tab Error

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MVP Esteemed Contributor

software version?

does it occur in all circumstances for all files?

recent changes to your system?

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New Contributor III

I am using Windows & Professional. ArcGIS 10.1 SP1. No changes in my system. 

This error happens when I click on Description tab in ArcCataloge to see the metadata or in catalog tree in ArcMap when R.Clicl on the data and click on Item Description.

This error appears for any data.

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MVP Esteemed Contributor

Try resetting the ArcGIS application profile, if that helps.

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New Contributor III

I tired Resetting the application profile, bu I did not work.

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MVP Frequent Contributor

Might have to resort to a software repair. It looks like something has got a bit twisted.

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New Contributor II

Method 1:
Start the computer in Safe mode and check if you have the same issue appearing.

Start your computer in safe mode


If computer works fine in safe mode, then follow the Method 2 and check.


Method 2:

Perform clean boot and check.


How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7

Note: After you have finished troubleshooting, follow these steps to reset the computer to start as usual. Refer step 7 in the article.

Method 3:

.Net Framework Repair.

1.      Go to Control panel.

2.      Choose Uninstall a program under Programs and Features.

3.      Click on .net framework 4.0 client profile and then click on Repair.

4.      Wait till the Repair process completes and restart the computer.


Method 4:

Run a malware scan and check if there are any threats.

Note: Any data files that are infected may only be cleaned by deleting the file entirely, which means there is a potential for data loss.

Hope it helps.

New Contributor III

BUSE İBŞİROĞLU‌, thank you for your help. It took me a long time to figure out what the problem was. The .net caused the error but it was not the source for the error, it was some fonts those LastWriteTime where very very big caused the error. I deleted them and the error was gone.

The article is describing the error.