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Changing Log Settings

You can control how any log in the Event Viewer collects data by defining a maximum log size (the default is 512K) and instructing Event Viewer how to handle an event log that has reached its maximum size. Only users with administrative rights can change log settings. In addition to specifying a maximum log size, you can also choose from three log options when the log is full: new events can automatically overwrite the oldest events, new events can overwrite only events older than a specified number of days, or Event Viewer will not overwrite events, in which case you must manually clear a full log before it can resume logging events.

Change Log Settings

Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.

Double-click the Administrative Tools icon in Classic view.

Double-click the Event Viewer icon.

Click the log (Application, Security, or System) in which you want to change settings.

Click the Properties button on the toolbar.

Click the General tab.

Specify the maximum log size.

Select an option when the maximum size is reached.

Click OK.

When you're done, click the Close button.


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