Monday, January 24, 2011

How to use Event Viewer for tracking system events in Windows 7

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Event Viewer is an advanced tool that displays detailed information about significant events of the computer.It is the place where you can find important information about successful and unsuccessful logons, policy changes and system and application events. Event Viewer is also an invaluable diagnosing tool when programs do not work as expected.


STEPS TO OPEN EVENT VIEWER :


1.Go to the Start menu and click Control panel.

2. Tn the Control Panel ,select System and Security and click Administrative Tools.

3.Tn the administrative tools,click Event Viewer to open event viewer.To see Windows 7 events, expand Windows Logs section on the left.

 EVENT TYPES IN WINDOWS LOGS :

  • APPLICATION LOG : Application log includes events related to programs running on your computer,their important actions, errors and crashes.
  • SECURITY EVENTS : Security log includes events about users logging on and off, changing security policies etc.
  •  SETUP EVENTS : Computers that are configured as domain controllers will have additional logs displayed here.It includes events about updating and patching Windows and Microsoft programs.
  • SYSTEM EVENTS : System events are logged by Windows and Windows system services, and are classified as error, warning or information.
  • FORWARDED EVENTS : Forwarded events events are forwarded to this log by other computers.

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