New utility to export event logs into different formats

Event Log Explorer can export events into Excel, HTML, CSV and PDF files. The export is implemented as an option of user interface and it can be scheduled using internal Event Log Explorer scheduler. Some time ago, I wrote a couple of articles how to schedule export of events into Excel: https://eventlogxp.com/blog/exporting-event-logs-with-windows-powershell/ https://eventlogxp.com/blog/case-study-generating-regular-reports-about-the-problems-in-your-windows-network/). Both methods are not without drawbacks. The Powershell method doesn’t work well… Read More »

How to track printer usage with event logs

At the time, the US companies spend a total of $120 billion on printed forms annually, and each employee uses about 10,000 sheets of paper according to CompTIA. That’s why printer usage monitoring is very important to cut costs for printer supplies and their utilization. Another reason to know who and how uses corporate printers is to manage your resources and plan upgrades or downgrades… Read More »

Windows Event Viewer cannot read classic event logs anymore

Although era of Windows XP is over, there are still a great number of PCs running this operating system or Windows 2003 Server. According to different researches, in 2018 Windows XP market share was more than 4% of all desktop operating systems. Windows 2003 Server still has more than 10% of server operating systems. Moreover, Microsoft still supports Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 which is based… Read More »

Elodea – First Review

Recently we released a new product that collects events from different sources, sends them into a database and alerts on important events. Elodea (acronym for Event Log Dispatcher and Event Alerter). The program and its documentation are available on this page: https://eventlogxp.com/elodea.html In this article I will demonstrate how to setup and configure Elodea on your PC. To simplify the demonstration process, we will work… Read More »

Event Log Database Exporter

One of the great features in Event Log Explorer 4.7 is a command line utility to export event logs to the database (eldbx.exe). Using this utility, you can make a centralized storage of events for better forensic investigations and improve system and security management on your network. In the previous article I described how to export events into the database directly from Event Log Explorer… Read More »

Using Event Log Explorer to access database events

Event Log Explorer 4.7 comes with new features to save events into SQL server database and load database events. Saving events into a database gives you many advantages. You can consider event database as an event log backup. You can collect data from different computers in your network into one database and then use any reporting or analytical tools to create your own reports or… Read More »

The fastest way to filter events by description

Filtering events by description is one of the most asked questions to us. Some time ago I wrote an article devoted to this problem. Recently we had to check all events in the security log linked with a certain file (let’s say, it’s winword.exe, C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\WINWORD.EXE). The easiest solution was to use Filter command and type file name in the “Text in description”… Read More »

Troubleshooting unplanned Windows automatic wake-ups

Whenever I finish working with my computer, I almost never power it off. Instead I send the computer into sleep or hibernate state. This saves lots of time at startup – I can easily continue working without reloading all the projects. However I discovered that recently my Windows 10 laptop started to wake up unexpectedly.  Such unplanned wake-ups can damage computers, e.g. if a laptop left… Read More »

Access event logs from Windows recovery mode

Sometimes this happens. Your computer stops booting correctly and needs to be fixed. Even safe mode doesn’t help. You don’t know the reason of the fault – it may be a hardware failure or a driver bug, but you don’t want to reinstall the operating system. There is a good chance that Windows logs may contain some useful information for troubleshooting. However, you cannot boot… Read More »