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where does WinXP log its shutdowns and restarts?

Postby dodecahedron on Fri Oct 24, 2003 6:01 am

another question :-?

apprently my computer restarted itself.
i'm suspecting that this had happened a few times since my PSU was replaced.

where can i check/verify this?
where does WinXP log its shutdowns and restarts?
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Postby Wolo on Fri Oct 24, 2003 2:02 pm

You can find that information in the System log within the Event Viewer. Look for "eventlog" events. On a normal restart, you should see these "eventlog" events:

The Event log service was started.
Microsoft (R) Windows (R) 5.01. 2600 Service Pack 1 Uniprocessor Free.
The Event log service was stopped.

(sorted chronologically from bottom to top)

If your computer crashes, you may only see the top two events...

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Postby dodecahedron on Fri Oct 24, 2003 3:21 pm

thanks, Wolo. found it.
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Postby dodecahedron on Fri Oct 24, 2003 3:41 pm

couple more questions:

is there any way to find the System Log as a file(s) (say text file) somewhere in D:\Windows instead of using the Event Viewer?

is there some way to change the settings for the System Log/Event Viewer, like for example its size (how far back it goes)?
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Postby Wolo on Wed Oct 29, 2003 5:56 pm

You can find the event log files in the following folder:

C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\*.evt

Unfortunately, they aren't very easy to read with a text editor, so I'm not sure if they will be useful outside of the Event Viewer.

You can set Event Viewer properties by right-clicking on each log icon (Application, Security, System) within the Event Viewer.


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Postby dodecahedron on Wed Oct 29, 2003 6:22 pm

WOW!
thanks a lot once again! :D
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