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How to enable "Enable Logging" checkbox in any log properties.

Posted on 2016-08-25
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When you right click on event viewer\windows logs\security and go to properties the option to enable logging is grayed out.
We want to turn this off so we can uncheck that box.
Please check the highlighted part in a attached screenshot.
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Question by:dynasis
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It depends on the log.. most of the newer logs are under
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WINEVT\Channels\<logname> and they have a valued called Enabled that you can set to 0 to disable, and 1 to enable.  

The old style logs are under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\EventLog\Key Management Service\<logname>
However, they don't have an option to disable the log.  You could try deleting the key.. however the big 3 logs (Application, System, Security) will absolutely cause huge issues if you manage to delete the key (can be done offline).

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by:Dan McFadden
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As Coralon stated... I would not recommend that you turn off the Event Log logging functionality.

Why would you want/need to disable the logging to the various event logs?

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by:Dan McFadden
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Any update?

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My solution was pretty straightforward, nothing else substantive was offered.
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