Event Log Explorer A tool to help Manage, Analyze and Report Windows Event Logs For Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 operating systems This is a simple, "starter" guide to help use this tool. (Note this tool will only work on Windows NT/2000/XP/2003. It will not work with Windows Vista.) Download and run Event Log Explorer. One time initialization Click Tree->Show Tree Click File->New Workspace Click File->Save Workspace As (and save your workspace file anywhere you choose) Example: To Filter / View / Export Recent Error and Warning Log Events Open an Event Log >> (e.g Typically, you only need look at the System Log (for System event records) and the Application Log (for Application related events) Filter the events you want to see (for this example we filter to only see Non-Information events that occured in the last 7 days) >> Click View->Filter. >> Uncheck Information. Towards the bottom of the filter window, look for “Display event for the last” enter 7 days. Click OK Click File->Export Log to save a copy of the events for later viewing or sending to others >> Check: Text file, All events, Event Description >> Uncheck Export Event Data >> Check Close dialog when done Click Export and save as a txt file on your Desktop Help Troubleshooting an Event Double click an event to see the "Event Description" (which provides more detail about the event) Click Event ID Database button for an web page about the event to get general explanation/additional information about the Event Look for and click hyperlinks in the Event ID web page for user comments on the event You may note that some additional automated help is available via subscription service. I've never tried using the subscription service myself. I think what's available for free from the tool plus a little manual internet surfing will likely get all the same information.