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Microsoft® Windows® XP Inside Out, 2nd Edition by Craig Stinson, Carl Siechert, Ed Bott

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Chapter 31. Monitoring System Activities with Event Viewer

In Microsoft Windows XP, an event is any occurrence that is potentially noteworthy—to you, to other users, to the operating system, or to an application. Events are recorded by the Event Log service, and their history is preserved in three log files: Security (Secevent.evt), Application (Appevent.evt), and System (Sysevent.evt). Event Viewer, a Microsoft Management Console snap-in supplied with Windows XP, allows you to review and archive these three event logs.

Why would you want to do this? The most likely reasons are to troubleshoot problems that have occurred, ...

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