We rely on our technologies and gadgets more than we ever have before. Billions of people around the world have and use cell phones and nearly half of all households on the entire planet have a computer. Some use the computer for entertainment, some for work and some to keep up with the news.
No matter what you use your computer for, it is important to keep it in the best shape possible. Many of them are quite expensive to buy, and even fixing them can cost a pretty penny. There are several important programs and software that you can use on your computer to keep it running and operating correctly, And with over 75% of all desktop computers worldwide running on Windows, one program (or part of the Windows OS) that is worth knowing about is Windows Event Viewer.
What is Windows Event Viewer?
Windows Event Viewer allows Windows users and administrators to view logs relating to either local or remote computer. Logs are an automatically produced documentation of events relating to a system. They are time stamped and generally, all software or systems will create logs. These log files will contain every error, event or other issue that has occured, so you’re never left in the dark.
So the Event Viewer helps users keep tabs on what’s going on with their computer, and allows people to troubleshoot all different sorts of problems with Windows. It will also display warnings and other pertinent information. Windows Event Viewer has been around for over 20 years as it was originally released in 1993.
It is important to note that many properly functioning systems will show errors of some kind, so don’t be alarmed. Also, watch out for scammers that will prey on people’s lack of knowledge when it comes to Event Viewer. They will claim that these perfectly normal error or warning messages can only be fixed by them.
If you want to learn more about logging on Windows and all things relating to it, be sure to check out this link: Windows Logging Basics The Ultimate Guide To Logging
How to Use Windows Event Viewer?
So now that you know what Windows Event Viewer is, how do you use it? Well, the first thing to do is open it. To open it, you will simply search for “Event Viewer” in the search box. Once you’re in the Event Viewer, you will see that each event is placed in it’s own category.
You will notice that there are a ton of different categories including Application, System and Security. It also uses five unique types of events when event logging, which are: Error, Warning, Information, Successful Audit and Failure Audit.
So what do you do with the information you find within the Event Viewer? Well, as we mentioned before, this application is most often used to troubleshoot certain issues and make sure your computer is running as expected. By periodically checking the Event Viewer, you can monitor security events and gather lots of information about hardware and software alike.
Also, if you notice something strange occurring on your computer, it can make sense to check out the Event Viewer and see what the problem is. There is no right or wrong way to use it, as long as it helps you with your problems and issues.
In conclusion, hopefully this article has been able to help you know how to use event viewer in Windows, and learn a little more about it at the same time.