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How to use Event Viewer utility in Windows XP to view event logs

Although Microsoft has provided an inbuilt utility known as the Event Viewer utility to view the event logs, there is a need for a professional Event log viewer tool to perform advanced functions on the event logs.

Author: Royal Scott
Date: Aug 29, 2011 - 5:31:42 AM


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Undoubtedly, Event log management is an essential practice to survive in ever-changing global industry. Today, it has become very important to monitor as well as manage event logs.

In this article, we cover an inbuilt utility, the Event Viewer for Windows XP, using which you can view event logs.

Let’s first of all have a general idea of this utility.

Event Viewer is the inbuilt utility, which is provided by Microsoft and comes bundled with Windows. This utility is used to view event logs; using it, you can retrieve information such as event type, event name, event ID, event date and time, etc about an event from the event logs.
Now that we have a basic idea about the Event Viewer utility, let’s see as to how you can view event logs using this utility.

In order to open the Microsoft inbuilt Event Viewer and view the event logs, perform the following steps:

Step1: Click Start -> Control Panel. The Control Panel window will appears.

Step 2: Here select Administrative Tools and go to Computer Management.

Step 3: Select Event Viewer from left panel. The event viewer will display Application, System, Security, ODeag and OSessions event logs. You can now select and view the required event log.

Now that you have come to know how to open the Event Viewer and view the event logs, let us see the process to keep required event logs in a new file for further reference.

In order to view the event details in Windows XP, follow these steps:

Step 1: In the right pane, double-click the event that you want to view. The Event Properties dialog box appears. This event properties dialog box contains the header information as well as the description of the event.

Step 2: To copy the event details, click the Copy button. Open a new document at the desired location and paste the copied details in it.

Thus, by performing the aforementioned steps, you can easily view required event and save them for further use. However, this utility is efficient enough to help you view required events but what if you have the responsibility to keep a check on event logs of 100 computers?

Of course, it is not possible to track 100 computers’ event logs with this default utility. A centralized platform with advanced filtration and reporting facilities is required to make it possible.

Here arises a need of a professional and efficient Event log viewer tool, so that event tracking and filtration may become simple. With the help of a professional and comprehensive Event log viewer, you can not only view but also manage event logs of all computers available within the network.

Lepide Event log Manager one such professional, prudent and powerful tool that is specifically devised to effectively monitor as well as manage event logs. It comes with easy to use and intuitive graphical user interface to collect, process, manage and create reports for event logs.

The author of this article is a system administrator who needs to monitor and manage event logs on day-to-day basis. He wishes to share his experiences and knowledge related to Event log viewer and windows event log viewer management through his articles.



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