If you are a Windows 10 users, you should know about the Event Viewer. This feature of Windows lets you get a detailed log of all your installed applications. It also includes system messages like Error messages, warnings, or other information messages. The Windows error logs are in the XML format stored in the text file.
The Event Viewer can be very handy while troubleshooting a system problem. It records all the error messages while you run an application. Using the system logs, you can easily trace back the causes of an application or system failure.
However, you must keep in mind that even if your system is functioning perfectly, there might be some error or warning messages displayed in Event Viewer. So, if you feel that your device is running smoothly without any lag or error, you can simply ignore those warnings and error messages.
Let us see how to launch the Event Viewer on Windows 10 and use it for troubleshooting.
How to Launch Event Viewer in Window 10?
Launching Event Viewer is quite easy, can be done in two steps.
- Right-click on the Windows icon
- Choose the Event Viewer from the menu.
Alternatively, to open Event Viewer, search for it in the Windows search bar and click on its icon to open it.
Event Categories in Event Viewer
Event Viewer logs the event happening in different categories for more clarity while troubleshooting. Although there are many categories, you would mostly require the following three main categories to solve your application or system failures through error logs in Windows 10.
- Application Log: The application log tracks the Windows system components events like system drivers and built-in interface elements.
- System Log: The system log records the events that are mostly related to the application installed on your system.
- Security Log: Security log keeps the record of security events such as system resource access, system log-in attempts, unauthorized system access, etc.
What is the meaning of the different Events?
You would notice three events level, while you look at the event log or activity log. Let us break the meaning of those.
- Information: This indicates that the program is currently running smoothly without any errors.
- Warning: This means that the program is running, but a problem has started to build-up that may cause its failure.
- Error: This indicates that there is a critical problem in the process. This problem may cause application or system failure and even data loss.
Do not Freak Out
As already stated, even though your system is working absolutely fine, you might still observe the Error and Warning on the Event Viewer log. These errors or warnings are unlikely to be necessary. It is because some of those errors are from days ago when that application might have crashed but got recovered afterward. Also, some applications may not even start on the first few attempts, but subsequently gets launched. That even also gets recorded in the log.
So, do not freak out when you see errors or warnings. Take a close look and check whether that application is currently normally or not.
What are the Uses of the Event Viewer?
Now coming to the main intent. You now know what the Event Viewer is and how it shows system activity logs. A thought might have occurred on your mind how is this helpful for me?
Well, if you use it wisely, it can be beneficial for you. If your system is suddenly started to misbehave and you can not find the root of what is causing it, the Event Viewer can be your rescuer.
Sometimes your system’s hardware driver may fail, Event Viewer could notify that. If your computer gets restart suddenly without any indication, check the warning or error log of that time frame to find out the cause of that. The log files can provide valuable information to repair your PC.
Also, if you want more information about any even you can look for its ID number on the internet or click on Event Log Online Help. Or, you can follow this guide to understand the error logs and repair your Windows 10 PC.
So, this is all about Event Viewer. Now, an important point to keep in mind. You now know that Event Viewer would show you an error log even though your system is working correctly. Many people do not know about this, which attracts cybercriminals to scam them. These scammers would introduce themselves as tech supports and convince people that they would solve the error and warning shown on their Event Viewer interface. In this way, they would take a considerable amount of money to resolve nothing.
So always be alert yourself and educate your friends and family about this.
Event Viewer FAQs
Errors and warnings are the levels of the events in the Event Viewer. They notify the level of an event happening on your system. Admin or developer can use these indications to resolve PC related issues.
If Event Viewer is showing error, but you can not find any unusual behavior on your system, it is normal to see that because logs can be of an old event. That means your computer can show errors even when working in a fine condition.
You can save logs in the event viewer by right-clicking and choose Save Selected Events. You can save the file in CSV format to open it later in Excel for analysis.
Peter is an Electrical Engineer whose primary interest is tinkering with his computer. He is passionate about Windows 10 Platform and enjoys writing tips and tutorials about it.