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    Where are Windows Log Files

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> Loungers

    Happy New Year to all.

    I would like to look at Windows 2000 Pro's, and Windows XP Pro but I do not want to post two identical messages, log files.

    Where are they?

    By Log files I mean the stuff that is recorded when Windows is started, and what services failed, or what happened during a session, and when was the PC started, and when it was rebooted, things like that.

    Also are there any device specific, say CD-ROM access, or saving to a floppy logs?

    Thanks in Advance.

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    Re: Where are Windows Log Files

    In all NT flavored OSs there is a file called ntbtlog.txt in the %systemroot% directory (usually WINNT, or WINDOWS for a clean install/upgrade of XP). This is your boot process log.

    For floppy access, I'm afraid I don't know of anything that will let you know about it. CDROM access could be checked via security auditing, but you will need to turn on the auditing for anything security related. The Event Viewer should be your stop for checking out various activities that are system related. Security auditing can be interesting to look at, you can enable security logging for a great many things - logons/logoffs, network access, etc.

    You probably won't find anything that will tell you what happened during a session without downloading a third party app, so get your wallet handy if you're interested. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Where are Windows Log Files

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> Mark

    You think I should go to the bank and check my account balance before I order the utilities you have in mind?

    Hum!!! Well if you have a list of them, I am interested so I'll go to the bank while you fetch that list.

    Thanks a Million for your help.

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    Re: Where are Windows Log Files

    Wassim,

    "User account" - an established relationship between a user and a computer, network or information service. User accounts require a username and password, and new user accounts are given a default set of permissions.
    "Audit" - an examination of systems, programming and datacenter procedures in order to determine the efficiency of computer operations.
    "Security" - the protection of data against unauthorized access.

    Logon to account with Administrator rights, and under Control Panel | Administrative Tools | Computer management you will find list of services, events, preformance logs and alerts and many more useful tools - it is not necessary to check your bank accounts, these services are free.

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