Originally Posted by pietvo
Yes, the file apparently is encoded in UTF-16. However, 00 97 is not a valid code. You will have to replace it with the proper code (20 14). It seems somebody used the cp1252 code for emdash and thought it would function as a UTF-16 code. Such things happen a lot on MS systems (especially in email, BTW).
You are a bit late, but thank you anyway. Yes, replacing 97 00 with 14 20 in the hex editor turned it into valid UTF-16. (The BOM indicated little endian byte order).