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Reviewing Event Viewer Logs

Windows Vista constantly monitors your system for unusual or noteworthy occurrences. It might be a service that doesn’t start, the installation of a device, or an application error. Vista tracks these occurrences, called events, in several different event logs. For example, the Application log stores events related to applications, including Windows Vista programs and third-party applications. The System log stores events generated by Windows Vista and components such as system services and device drivers.

To examine these logs, you use the Event Viewer snap-in, which has a much-improved interface in Windows Vista. You get to the Event Viewer by using any of the following techniques (in each case you must also enter your UAC credentials):


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