Windows events - what to do with them

April 2, 2020 at 12:05:39
Specs: Win 10, 8GB
I have some different Windows Events of type Error (and very very few of type Critical), and I'm trying to match these with some unexplained issues on my Windows machine itself.

Now, if you go into the details of these Events, it strikes me that the info is very technical. No, it is really technical. To that extent that I'm thinking : are these event meant for anybody else, except Windows engineers itself ?

There's lots of numeric and alpha-numeric codes, an extremely vague error description in English, and an URL that doesn't work:

http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/20...

This one states:
The resource you are looking for has been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.


I'm a technical expert myself - not Microsoft though - but I can't make anything out of these. Is anybody ?

I know 99% of all Windows users have never seen the Event Viewer, but I'm with the 1% anyway. I'm trying to understand.

I once had a failing GPU, and I remember that the Windows Events were spot on what concerns timing, but they had absolutely zero useful information.

It's a pity, cause it could be working, if they put useful information in there. Or, is it ?


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#1
April 2, 2020 at 12:59:07
The information in error logs is generally useful. A search on the error code will usually produce several hits. Obviously the interpretation of error logs requires a fair understanding of the OS, whichever one it might be. But it's difficult to answer such a general question when no useful information is supplied.

What are the errors and what are the error codes?


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#2
April 2, 2020 at 14:32:51
There's several codes, which would take way too much communication in one thread to be solved in a clear manner. The ones needing more info, I'll make a separate thread.

The question is : can you fix an issue, by looking at the Event itself ? And, you replied with : no.
I'm just curious if there is a smarter way to these Events, than spend hours and hours and hours on Google, to 1. try to understand the issue, and 2. try to fix the issue.


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#3
April 2, 2020 at 18:00:32
Unless you are having an specific problem, ignore them.
Look in any computer & you will see a list of error logs.

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#4
April 2, 2020 at 20:38:02
Install CCleaner, check box next to Windows Event Logs, run CCleaner. Problem solved :)

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#5
April 3, 2020 at 00:47:00
> Unless you are having an specific problem, ignore them.
> Look in any computer & you will see a list of error logs.

Yes, I have a specific problem
But even when I did not have such a problem: the purpose of the Event Viewer is such that the system informs you about any problem the system sees.

In other words, is a method that can detect problems that you are not aware of.

Telling somebody to ignore this system, is the full opposite of the objective of this tool.
You may tell anybody to ignore that, you may tell 99% to ignore it, but here's the clue : you may not tell me that.


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#6
April 3, 2020 at 00:51:17
> Install CCleaner, check box next to Windows Event Logs, run
> CCleaner. Problem solved :)

I didn't know that CCLeaner can solve any single Event in the Event Viewer.

OK, I'll do that, and if after that I have one single new Event, we will need to adjust the solution to: Problem not solved by CCLeaner, either do not use, or un-install.


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#7
April 3, 2020 at 05:19:57
I didn't say that you couldn't solve problem by inspecting logged errors. You just need to learn to use Google and apply the information you find there.

As you're not willing to tell us what problem you are trying to solve, I'll leave it at that.


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#8
April 3, 2020 at 06:07:10
"I didn't know that CCLeaner can solve any single Event in the Event Viewer"

It doesn't, but it will delete the log so the next time you look at it, you'll think everything is fine & dandy!


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#9
April 3, 2020 at 09:20:30
"It doesn't, but it will delete the log so the next time you look at it, you'll think everything is fine & dandy!"
That's the Ostrich head in the hole method.
Sometimes, that is exactly what is needed (though recognizing when is the tricky part).

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


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#10
April 3, 2020 at 09:48:37
"That's the Ostrich head in the hole method"

Actually, #4 & #8 were jokes.


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#11
April 3, 2020 at 09:49:40
There's certainly a deal of sense in that approach. Unless you have a specific problem it's best to ignore the errors in the logs. Scammers have a field day playing upon people's fear of these errors.

You could spend your life worrying about nothing. And if you don't know how to interpret the errors, what's the point?


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#12
April 3, 2020 at 15:32:33
I think this is a far more important question than it may appear.
But I doubt that I can contribute any useful answer.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#13
April 3, 2020 at 16:51:09
"I think this is a far more important question than it may appear"
Did you have a look in your Event Viewer Jeff?

This an easier way to look at them.

FullEventLogView
https://www.softpedia.com/get/Syste...
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/full_e...


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#14
April 3, 2020 at 17:14:25
Johnw,

Yes, I downloaded FullEventLogView when you suggested it to me
almost a month ago, and found that even right after using CCleaner
to clear logs, there is an enormous amount of stuff there, and as
Looge says, it is pretty much incomprehensible. Lots of details, no
big picture.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis



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#15
April 3, 2020 at 17:25:07
Yep, it is only needed when you have a problem.
You look for a matching event to your problem & use the clues it provides.

Using Event Viewer to Troubleshoot Problems
https://www.howtogeek.com/school/us...


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#16
April 3, 2020 at 17:34:20
What is Event Viewer, and Why Does It Have So Many Errors?
https://askleo.com/event-viewer-man...

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#17
April 4, 2020 at 14:47:21
Many of the reported errors in event viewer are minor (due to upgrades etc) and not of any consequences. Some pop up because they are picked up when windows is shutting down or starting and are due to timing - incurable without rewriting the OS. I used to spend many happy hours investigating them but there were always new ones coming along. I no longer bother unless there is a good reason.

With Win 10 the event help is now totally useless. It can be improved considerably by replacing the address in the registry by one from the "howtogeek". Here's the before and after reg files - just double click them to make the changes: The address to get both reg files is this:

http://www.fileconvoy.com/dfl.php?i...

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

message edited by Derek


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#18
April 4, 2020 at 16:41:50
Here is the section in the How-To Geek link, Derek is referring to.
https://s19.directupload.net/images...
https://www.howtogeek.com/school/us...

Here is an inside view of the .reg files uploaded by Derek.
https://s19.directupload.net/images...
https://s19.directupload.net/images...


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