How to Enable Event Viewer

By C. Taylor

The Windows Event Viewer allows previewing of logged events. Anytime a significant event takes place on your Windows 7 machine, a log entry is added. It is recommended to view these events through Event Viewer, even when the system if functioning properly, to get an idea of the computer's normal state. Therefore, when a problem occurs, it will be easier to identify events that are out of place. Checking the Event Viewer for logged errors can help identify and diagnose the problem.

Enabling Even Log Service

Step 1

Click "Start," type "Services" and press Enter to open the Services window.

Step 2

Scroll to the bottom and look for "Windows Event Log" and verify it is "Started" and set to "Automatic" in the third and fourth columns, respectively. If not, you will need to change it.

Step 3

Double click the "Windows Event Log" entry. Click the drop-down menu by "Startup type" to choose "Automatic." Click "Start" to run the service. Click "Apply" to accept the changes and "OK" to close the window.

Changing LogFiles Permissions

Step 1

Press the Windows key and "E" simultaneously to open Windows Explorer.

Step 2

Go to C:\Windows\System32 and look for the "LogFiles" folder.

Step 3

Right click "LogFiles, select "Properties" and click the "Security" tab.

Step 4

Click "Advanced," go the "Owner" tab and verify the owner is "Administrators." If not, you will need to change it by clicking "Edit," selecting "Administrators" and checking the box by "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects." Press "Apply" to confirm the changes and "OK" to exit the window.

Opening Event Viewer

Step 1

Make sure you are logged in as an administrator. You can change the login by pressing the Windows key and "L" simultaneously and choosing a the administrator login.

Step 2

Click "Start," type "Event Viewer" and press Enter to open Event Viewer.

Step 3

Browse through the list of events to see recent, significant activity on your computer.