Just thinking... Try rolling back your Win update. I was reading where the last win update was causing computers to cycle their boot. Over and over. Not that, THAT is your issue, however you will rule out the last update.
Your rig is fine for size
I don't think it can be that. The computer has been at its last update for several days with no problems, and other projects open just fine.
In fact, I just brought the project over into OS X, and After Effects also crashed when trying to open the project. It didn't even give me crash warnings, it just went.
This isn't good at all. A job is relying on this project file and it would take many hours to rebuild it. In terms of complexity, it only had a few compositions, nothing too major. I was able to load more complex projects with no issues.
If someone from the Adobe team has any idea what these errors mean, that would be great.
Not the Adobe team, but the errors are all listed here:
Doesn't do you much good, though. The errors themselves are too vague and generic. Other than that try the usual - flush the media and disk cache, open the proejct with capslock enabled, import it into an empty project. also offline your footage source by renaming/ moving the folder, then manually use File --> Replace. If it's a specific file, that way you can find out which one... And finally, in the future learn the fine art of making back-ups and using versioning:
I'm reading through the link you provided. I tried everything you mentioned on here, including offlining the files, but it still crashes AE when importing. One of the error messages (the one with Dynamic link) mentions Premiere, but there is no dynamic link used in the file. It makes no sense when the file was working perfectly the day before...
I'd just like to mention that I tried opening the project file on my laptop and it opened with no problem.
So what's going on here? AE opens other projects just fine, but not this one. Is this error related to something hardware on my computer?
I removed the graphics card from my system and switched to integrated but the problem remains. Does this rule out the graphics card? Or does the system still use the graphics drivers?
If it opens elsewhere, some specific plug-in might be involved. Anyway, I saw your post on Video CoPilot and you might do what Klaus did - open the file on the other system, disable all effects, try to open it.
There were just standard plugins involved and it seems the file still didn't open. Like the error message is saying: "Strange Situation"
Okay, I was able to get into the file once i got the assets to go offline. I then did as you said earlier and relinked them and lo and behold, a single illustrator file was crashing everything. No idea why, but after tearing my system apart im glad i have the culprit.