Event Viewer is empty

Posted on 2005-03-09
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Last Modified: 2010-04-14
One of our servers is running Windows 2000 server with SP4. If I open Event Viewer, click Application or System, there is not information on the left panel. It is empty. These are what I did.

1.      If I press F5 in System to refresh, the System Events display. However, that doesn’t work in Application Event.
2.      The AppEvent.evt is located in c:\winnt\system32\config. The size is 1023KB and the date is 7/28/2004.
3.      If I go to the properties of the Application event>Filter, all event type are checked. The problem is the both From and To are current date and time, for example 3/9/2005, 3.20.03 PM. They are gray out and can’t be changed. However, If I switch From/To to Event On, I may be able to change the date and time. But that doesn’t any changes. Just not information display.
4.      If I try to Restore Default, The Filter will come back and both From and To are the same date and time.

Any suggestions?
Question by:blin2000
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Reference to EE user ObDa:

That's probably due to a corrupt event log. To get your event log running again, do the following:
Set the event log service startup type to "Disabled", reboot.
Move the corrupt .evt file(s) from %SystemRoot%\System32\Config to a different location (or delete it/them).
Set the startup type of the event log service back to "Automatic", reboot. Windows will create new event log file(s) and start logging again.

Event Logs Are Corrupted

How to Delete Corrupt Event Viewer Log Files

Author Comment

ID: 13511460

thank you for the help. I did find the first link http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=829246 and had MS send me the hotfix. But I haven't try it because I thought I might have another option. I will try to delete corrupt event viewer log first and will post back.

Author Comment

ID: 13514047
it works. thank you.

Expert Comment

ID: 13514174
Glad I could help...

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