Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people, just like you, are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
Solved

how can Windows Event Log be used for troubleshooting Windows 8 errors or lockups?

Posted on 2015-01-10
5
154 Views
Last Modified: 2015-01-14
Hello and Good Morning Everyone,

             This question stems more from my curiosity and eagerness to extend my troubleshooting skills as opposed to any immediate concern with my desktop or laptop.  Basically, I am wondering how Windows Event Log can be used to isolate and troubleshooting issues within Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

             Any follow up thoughts, links, or audio/video links addressing this question will be greatly appreciated.

             Thank you

             George
0
Comment
Question by:GMartin
  • 2
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 53

Accepted Solution

by:
Will Szymkowski earned 400 total points
ID: 40542151
This is pretty strightforward.

Application Log - used to track applicaiton events and can be handy when you are trying to troubleshoot specific applicaiton issues on your machine.

System Log - used to track system events which could be anything hardware related, drivers, PnP devices, BSOD's , lockups etc.

Security Log - used to track all of the login attempts, opened files folders password changes etc. This is usually not use on workstations but is more frequently used on domain controllers as this is where all of the authentication attempts get logged.

Will.
0
 
LVL 69

Assisted Solution

by:Qlemo
Qlemo earned 100 total points
ID: 40543401
As always you need to know what you are looking for. Eventlog often is the first "tool" to look at it the are issues. But be aware that not everything marked as error in Eventlog is something you can do something about - certain error log entries are quite "normal".
0
 

Author Comment

by:GMartin
ID: 40543496
Hello Everybody

              Thank you for the follow ups.  By the way, what does BSOD stand for within the reply?

               George
0
 
LVL 53

Assisted Solution

by:Will Szymkowski
Will Szymkowski earned 400 total points
ID: 40543519
Blue Screen of Death, or Black Screen of Death. Typical acronym used. As you probably know this usually happens when you have a bad driver or incompatible software or fault RAM these happen.

Will.
0
 

Author Comment

by:GMartin
ID: 40549859
Hello and Good Afternoon Everybody

        Thanks so much for the well thought out and insightful feedback given in reply to my question.   I did have a chance to check out the Event Log on my desktop pc running Windows 7 SP1.  Within many of the category logs, there are thousands of entries.   I am assuming in order to weed out the entries of troubleshooting and diagnostic interest, it is probably best to simply scroll down and take notice of entries with a red and yellow marker beside of them.  In agreement with Qlemo, I did notice some entries marked errors to actually be normal. However, I can easily see though how valuable Windows Event Log can be in isolating the culprit of software and hardware issues.  

        Thanks again everybody for your input and have a great rest of the day.

        George
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Site Down Detector

Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
bitlocker 4 100
Windows 8.1 slow to start 10 34
Windows 8.1 Won't Start - Boot Loader Issue 8 34
Can't install Citrix Receiver anymore 10 103
The Samsung SSD 840 EVO and 840 EVO mSATA have a well-known problem with a drop in read performance. I first learned about this in an interesting thread here at Experts Exchange: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Storage/Hard_Drives/Q_2852…
The recent Microsoft changes on update philosophy for Windows pre-10 and their impact on existing WSUS implementations.
Windows 8 comes with a dramatically different user interface known as Metro. Notably missing from the new interface is a Start button and Start Menu. Many users do not like it, much preferring the interface of earlier versions — Windows 7, Windows X…
With the advent of Windows 10, Microsoft is pushing a Get Windows 10 icon into the notification area (system tray) of qualifying computers. There are many reasons for wanting to remove this icon. This two-part Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial s…

829 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question