Just had a slight fright (evening all BTW) did a system restore on my Windows XP home system and when opening my pictures it said (sorry failed to note it down) something about some files and then below CATASTROPHIC FAILURE. I clicked OK, and it went on as normal. What's all that about then? Never seen it before, and it makes me want to run for a CD ROM to do some backing up of my treasured pic's.
Ok MAJ. Sorry I failed to note it I went into a phase of trying to keep calm and actually got into a mild flap over it. Does the term 'Catastrophic failure' sound legit. to you as I wondered if it were a prank or something?
It's legit all right, nick_j007, it's one of those fantastically descriptive and helpful (not) error messages that Windows uses. That's why I was wondering what the other error message was to see if any light could be shed on it.
Have backed up the pics this morning and as far as I can see there are no after effects of this message. Can I go somewhere on the system that keeps a log of such catastrophic messages and re read it or investigate further. Finally, does catastrophic mean catastrophic if you get my drift?
Take a look at the Event Viewer by going to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Event viewer and double click the entries in the right-hand pane, nick_j007, see if you can spot anything in there. It seems that Catastrophic doesn't actually mean CATASTROPHIC.