Windows XP: Event Logs

March 18, 2009

I needed to check my Windows XP event logs as I had an inexplicable shutdown the other week and I wanted to see what the System logs had to say. They’re not easy to find! Here’s how to get to them:

  1. Open the Control Panel (Start > Control Panel).
  2. Open Administrative Tools.
  3. Open Event Viewer.
  4. Check the Application, Security and System events around the time and date when the event happened. You may be able to identify something that was out of the ordinary.

If you’re familiar with the Run command, you may find that easier:

  1. Open Run (Start > Run).
  2. Enter eventvwr.

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