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Event Log Explorer Concept
Computers Tree
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Advanced use
Filtering events in Event Log Explorer
Pre-filtering events (log loading options)
XML Query Filter
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Linked event filter
Bookmarking events
Exporting Event Logs
Backing up Event Logs
Save Event Log As File
Automatic Event Log Backup
Backup batch
Add Computers Wizard
Log properties
Credential manager
Credentials conflict
Analytical reports
Event Alerter
Custom columns
Computer properties
Color coding
Task scheduler
Direct access to files
Working with database
Command line options
Log View Defaults
Log Loading Options
Log files
User interface elements
Main menu and toolbar
Event Log View
Event list
Control toolbar
Description box
Event list context menu
Computers Tree
Add Computer to Tree
Add Group to Tree
Remove Computer or Group
Sorting Items in Tree
Computers tree context menu
Filter/Search Window
XML Query window
Linked Event filter window
Select computer dialog
Description server
Peer-to-peer network issues
Event log backup utility
Event Log Database Export utility
License Agreement

Direct Access to Event Log Files

Standard Windows Event Viewer as well as the overwhelming majority of Windows Event Log software reads Windows event file using Windows Event Log API. Event Log API works perfectly if log files are OK or your log file format is compatible with the API. If your log files are damaged or Event Log functions are inaccessible (e.g. you run Bart PE or you are trying to open EVTX files on Windows XP or 2003) , Windows API will fail.

Direct File Open allows you to read event files without Event Log API functions.

Use Direct File Open (File->Open Log File->Direct) every time you open event log file and

1. This file seems to be damaged.

2. You start your computer from Bart PE or similar environment.

3. You computer is running Windows Vista or higher and you need to open legacy .Evt file.

4. Your computer is running Windows XP/2003 and you need to open .Evtx files.


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