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Summary

The Event Viewer is a police officer and detective for your Windows XP computer. Many users may skip this chapter thinking, “It will never happen to me.” However, with the rapid growth of the Internet and corporate networks, keeping track of the actions performed on your computer can serve two important purposes. First, event logs can help you track down security breaches or application failures. Second, this record can also act in your favor by showing the actions you have taken. As you have learned in this chapter, both types of records can help you monitor the events on your computer. Using the Event Viewer can help protect the innocent and track down those who would take advantage of a system that has not been properly secured.

Windows maintains three primary event logs: Application, System, and Security. Windows records its own events to the System log and other Applications record events to the Applications log. The Security log is used only for auditing events that you or an administrator has enabled. Within each log file, different types of events (such as information, warning, and error events) let you examine the behind-the-scenes activities of Windows.


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