Troubleshooting BSOD: Vista's Event Viewer

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  1. Jason


    Sep 26, 2005
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    Let's take a look around the new Event Viewer in Windows Vista. As you can see in Figure A, the new user interface provides access to more pertinent information that Windows XP's Event Viewer, as shown in Figure B. <CENTER><TABLE><TBODY><TR><TD align=middle>

    Figure A</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>[​IMG]</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>Windows Vista's Event Viewer provides access to lots of information.</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></CENTER><CENTER><TABLE><TBODY><TR><TD align=middle>

    Figure B</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>[​IMG]</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>The user interface for Windows XP's Event Viewer looks pretty stark in comparison to the Windows Vista's Event Viewer.</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></CENTER>

    As you look at Windows Vista's Event Viewer, you'll notice that the left pane contains an expandable tree that provides you with easy access to all of Event Viewer's logs. The two main categories are Windows Logs and Applications and Services logs. The Windows Logs category includes the logs that were available Windows XP, such as the Application, Security and System logs, while the Applications and Services logs are a new category of event logs that store events from a single application or component.

    In the center is the View Pane that provides you with an easy way to view both the list of events as well as the information that each event contains, as shown in Figure C.<CENTER><TABLE><TBODY><TR><TD align=middle>

    Figure C</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>[​IMG]</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>The View pane does double duty, showing you both the list of events and details about the selected event.</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></CENTER>

    On the right side of Event Viewer is a new area called the Actions pane, which contains a list of actions, or commands, that are associated with Event Viewer. As you can see by comparing Figures A and C, the Actions pane changes to provide relevant tasks depending on what is selected.

    To make focusing on specific events easier, you can create a Custom View that essentially allows you to create a very detailed event query that can span several logs. To help you create a Custom View, Event Viewer provides you with a very detailed form, as shown in Figure D. Once you have created a Custom View, you can then save it and reuse it later.<CENTER><TABLE><TBODY><TR><TD align=middle>

    Figure D</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>[​IMG]</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>Creating Custom View can be a real time saver when troubleshooting problems.</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></CENTER>

    Attaching tasks to events is also a great troubleshooting feature. To make this a simple procedure, Windows Vista's Event Viewer employs the Task Scheduler Wizard and provides you with several relevant actions to attach to the event, as shown in Figure E.<CENTER><TABLE><TBODY><TR><TD align=middle>

    Figure E</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>[​IMG]</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>You can configure a task that is to take place when and a certain event occurs.</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></CENTER><H2>Conclusion</H2>

    In addition to providing improved performance and a new user interface, Windows Vista Event Viewer provides you with a whole slew of new features to make troubleshooting a much easier task. I'll cover Event Viewer in more detail as the product evolves over the next couple of months.

    In the meantime, if you have comments or information to share about the Windows Vista's Event Viewer, please take a moment to drop by the Discussion area and
    Jason, Feb 1, 2007
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