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How to Use Event Viewer in Windows
Every system access, security change, operating system twitch, hardware failure, and driver hiccup all end up in one or another Event Log. The Event Viewer scans those text log files, aggregates them, and puts a interface
- .Right-click or tap and hold the Start icon. Choose Event Viewer.
- On the left, choose Event Viewer, Custom Views, Administrative Events.
It may take a while, but eventually you see a list of notable events like the one shown.
Events and What They Mean
Event - What Caused the Event
Error - Significant problem, possibly including loss of data
Warning - Not necessarily significant, but might indicate that there’s a chance for problem to occur.
Information - Just a program calling home to say it’s okay
logs include the following:
Application events: Programs report on their problems.
Security events: They’re called “audits” and show the results of a security action. Results can be either successful or failed depending on the event, such as when a user tries to log on.
Setup events: This primarily refers to domain controllers, which is something you don’t need to worry about.
System events: Most of the errors and warnings you see in the Administrative Events log come from system events. They’re reports from Windows system files about problems they’ve encountered. Almost all of them are self-healing.
Forwarded events: These are sent to this computer from other computers.