Are any Windows logs really needed?

January 3, 2017 at 11:06:38
Specs: several
I don't want my new HP Windows 10 Home laptop accessing
the hard drive when it isn't doing so for a constructive reason.
Logging seems to be the main activity keeping the drive churning.
Do I really need any of those logs? If so, which ones? I'm willing
to get into a middling amount of detail. I've used Windows since
1995 and don't recall ever using a log to diagnose a problem.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
January 3, 2017 at 19:14:01
Sorting through logs would be quite a task. My Windows 10 is trimmed down but I still have 783 log files on it. Nothing like that number shows using the built in Windows Search.

I note your past experience but at times logs can prove useful. Do not be tempted to just delete files or you could cause trouble.

IMO your best bet is to minimise Win 10 phoning home, which might help, and leave the logs alone.

http://www.howtogeek.com/224616/30-...

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#2
January 3, 2017 at 22:13:21
If you want to minimize drive access (especially for SSD drives) you can turn off Indexing. This stops Windows from keeping a pre-search list of every file, file name, key word, etc. which keeps the drive pretty active. With a SSD drive the search if needed is still reasonably fast without it and with a hard drive you would suffer a delay during searches for files.
I agree with Derek, leave the logs alone.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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January 4, 2017 at 06:59:36
I should add that not all log files are inert. Sometimes they are necessary to ensure smooth uninstall of programs.

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