How to Review Events in Windows XP
Windows keeps track of event details in log files. Just about anything that goes on in the computer — from a user logging in to programs crashing to routine tasks being scheduled — is noted in a log somewhere. The first place to check for your PC’s recent activities and happenings is the Event Viewer. In Windows XP, obey these steps:
Open the Control Panel.
Open the Administrative Tools icon.
Open the Event Viewer icon.
Not every event is a nasty one; most are informational, which means that something happened and was noted in the log.
Double-click an event to view its details.
Close the Event Viewer window when you’re done.
|Log||Type of Events That Are Monitored|
|Application||Third-party programs; anything that’s not Windows itself|
|Internet Explorer||Problems with Internet Explorer|
|Security||Logon/logoff events, file deletions, and events pertaining to resources|
|Setup||Events relating to application setup and configuration|
|System||Things that go on in Windows itself, such as start-up events and device driver failure|
|Error||Something bad happened, such as a service failed or data was lost.|
|Failure Audit||Something was attempted that didn’t work, such as an illegal login or an attempt by a non-administrator to access administrator-level features.|
|Information||Something happened successfully.|
|Success Audit||Something was attempted and worked out, such as logging in to a remote PC; the opposite of a failure audit.|
|Warning||An event occurred that is worth noting but isn’t specifically an error.|