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Published on 01.05.10 by Brent Trahan

How to Check System Logs in the Event Viewer

Learn how to use the Event Viewer in Windows 7 to view system logs.

So you’ve got some funny business going on with your computer and you can’t find out what’s causing the problem. This guide shows you how to use the Event Viewer to check your computer’s logs to hunt down any problems.

How-to Check System Logs in Windows 7

  1. Open the Control Panel from the Start Menu.
  2. Open Administrative Tools in the Control Panel.

    Note: If Administrative Tools is not available, change View by to Large icons at the top right of the Control Panel.

  3. Open Event Viewer in the Administrative Tools window.

  4. Expand Windows Logs and then select System or any of the other logs Windows 7 collects. Double-click one of the logged events in the top center pane of the Event Viewer to see details about the event.

  5. The Event Properties window shows details about the selected event.

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  1. Jaslist says:

    We have Windows 7 installed on each of our company computers, and our company is growing. There are 7 primary system log files for each computer in our LAN environment. How might these log files be maintained on a centralized computer, and how might the size of these files be controlled as they grow in size?

    Thanks, Jaslist

    • Jaslist says:

      The synchronization of remote files is the key to this feature. Files can be synchronized with remote files depending upon the method authorized by the network and local computer systems. Offline files can be a single or bidirectional synchronized method, while log files from the local system will update or synchronize the system logs on the network. However, system log files will grow over time (compounded by multiple system log files), and must be rained-in. One method for doing this is with a good backup methodology.

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