"The system has recovered from a serious error" : why?..and what do the errors mean?

Posted on 2003-12-01
Last Modified: 2011-08-18
Does anyone have a list of all the "serious errors" that can happen on Windows XP Pro and what they all mean. I click on the link to see what the error report contains but i dont it doesnt tell me in a way a i can understand. For example i recently had this error when i rebooted my computer:  

ERROR SIGNATURE "BCCode : 1a     BCP1 : 00041284     BCP2 : C2D43000     BCP3 : 0000391A     BCP4 : C0C00000     OSVer : 5_1_2600     SP : 1_0     Product : 256_1"

The followinf files will be included in this report:

If someone has some kind of list or anything out there that can explain all the error codes and what it affects..and why its happening..i dont think im the only one wanting this information. Thanks!
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SunBow earned 168 total points
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Mine never did that. Best to check is the Event lofs for OS (Admin tools)

> C:\DOCUME~1\Platta\LOCALS~1\Temp\WER1.tmp.dir00\sysdata.xml

Two bad signs. One, it not doing long names, and two, the use of double period (dots) in this name Temp\WER1.tmp.dir00  are to be discouraged to say the least.

Scan fo viruses, of course.

I have no file that looks like that on my xp pro. You certainly have no need to have XML file in any temp directory, so I'd consider that one very deletable (anything that eithe .tmp or in a \temp\ for that matter).  This looks like a bummer.

> Does anyone have a list of all the "serious errors" that can happen on Windows XP Pro and what they all mean

You got to be kidding. Really.

Also run msconfig to remove the bad programs at startup, and run taskmanager to kill the ones in RAM.

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Yeah i guess, if there was a "list" of all the serious errors for Windows out there, it would be more like an encyclopedia.

-what is an xml file..and why do you think its in my temp directory?..could it be spyware or something like that?

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arjun84 earned 166 total points
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Try doing the usual system maintenance on your computer. Run scan disks, defrag your hard drive and do virus scans. Also check for spyware in your computer. Go to for the software Ad-Aware. It checks for any spyware your computer is harbouring.

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Oops sorry the address is
I had these serious errors quite often last time (my OS too is Win XP Pro). Let the scan disk run when your computer is booting up. Mine stopped after the scan disk ran a few times.


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Have you attempted to install or uninstall SP1?
If not you might check your RAM.
If you have 2 RAM sticks try taking 1 out & rebooting if no change swap for the other SIMM, if still the same then try these testing programs.

There are a few links on the web that point to this as the cause.
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I opened this file "C:\DOCUME~1\Platta\LOCALS~1\Temp\WER1.tmp.dir00\sysdata.xml"

and it lists all the information about my computer..what is this file used for? and can i erase it?

also what is a file with the extension  ".dmp"

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Hi again Platta,
check this out.;en-us;318023
It seems to be the same error that you are getting. Its related to the ATI radeon graphics card driver.
If you have one of these cards you can download a newer & better driver from here
As for the Sysdata.xml file it seems to be a bit of a mystery.

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philby11 earned 166 total points
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ok this was found at
"II. Delete the Minidump Files and the Sysdata.xml File

When a serious error occurs, by default the system writes out a miniature memory dump along with an XML description of the system status (which notes the program at fault and other pertinent system data) that can be uploaded to Microsoft. If this data is not correctly closed out, the system may present a Serious Error screen upon boot. To resolve this problem, perform
the following steps:

1. Click the Start button.
2. Right click the My Computer icon, and then click Explore on the context menu that appears.
3. Browse to the c:\Windows\Minidump directory.
4. Delete everything located in this directory.

NOTE : You will need to be able to view hidden and system files and the system should not be hiding protected operating system files.

5. Browse to the c:\Documents and Settings folder.
6. Search for the following file: sysdata.xml file.
7. Delete all instances (you may find more than one) of this file.
8. Click the Start button, click Turn off the computer, and then click Restart. "

I think we both learnt something here.
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