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Microsoft® Windows® XP Inside Out Deluxe, 9780735618053 by Craig Stinson, Carl Siechert, Ed Bott

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Chapter 38. Monitoring System Activities with Event Viewer

Types of Events 1266

Keeping Track of Computer Events 1267

Examining Event Details 1269

Working with Log Files 1272

Using Third-Party Tools to Monitor Events 1276

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 ...

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