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Can't view events in Windows 7 Pro Event Viewer

Event Viewer cannot open the event log or custom view Verify that event log service is running or query is too long. Not enough storage is available to complete this operation. (14)

I cleared all the logs and the display goes back to normal - but only briefly.
Then it goes back to the message above.
I *need* to see the events.
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Interesting about running mmc and the add-in.  That does work but seems to have the same problem.

This issue is intermittent.
Sometimes you can see the history and then when it stops being available, per the message or similar messages, then you have to at least get out of the Event Viewer and start over.  Sometimes that works.

This computer isn't in an environment where I'd expect viruses and it's scanned regularly and with no "hits".  I know that doesn't prove there isn't but it's not likely a fruitful course of investigation.

One bit of research I did ended up with something like this being a "known bug".  Well fine but at least I need to work around it.
Did you try increasing the max size of the logfile you're trying to view?
Well, I cleared the logs and it didn't help.
This wouldn't be a convenient computer to reinstall - but I could force the issue if necessary.  So, I need to be sure it's necessary first and hope not!
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Although not the same issues, it might be worth checking the service account file permissions as outlined in the following article:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverManagement/thread/4d047970-5973-490b-92e9-697611196ddd/
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Hello
  What Antivirus are you running and have you run any malware removal programs. I
would recommend Malware bytes as in many cases just an anti-virus is not enough anymore.

 Can you verify that the event viewer service is still running ?

 How much free space do you have on your disc ?

 Good Luck
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Ran Malwarebytes .. nothing found.
Over 300GB of free space.
.. likely something else
Hi
recapping
there is events Viewer
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Administrative Tools>Event Viewer
User generated imageUser generated imageWindows Logs shows them on the rightside panel
as well Beneath has a selection of tabs
all of them are also accessible from the far right but you need to highlight a log from the left side
Under Windows Logs click on Applications
on the right is the options what I can do view with this log
User generated image
Merete:  Yes indeed, that's what they normally look like.

The issue here folks is that looking at >Windows Logs.System events one sometimes gets the message:

Event Viewer cannot open the event log or custom view Verify that event log service is running or query is too long. Not enough storage is available to complete this operation. (14)

....so the list of events does not appear as it normally would.  And, this is inconvenient to say the least.
Not that the suggestions aren't good ones but I don't feel that there have been any direct suggestions re: how to deal with this specific occurrence - which leads me to believe that there's precious little experience with it.  Not a criticism.  Just a reality?  *I* certainly have no experience with this happening.
For example:
Under the assumption that this *is* caused by the Windows Event Service not running, has anyone had the experience where that service stopped running?  If so, what caused it?  Did it come back on its own?
How many external (usb) devices do you have plugged into this system ? Have you tried unplugging all of these and see if this helps resolve the problem. The other thing I would look at since the event viewer works at first is to make the logs much larger.

Click the Properties on right list, change the Maximum log size to a larger number .
Well, the problem seems gone for now so I can't try any more fixes....
Thanks all!