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    Event Viewer Broken (Win XP Pro)

    I rely on event viewer fairly often. I haven't turned off any services that might be required to make it run, but I did increase the size of the logs to 704 kb. Now when I go to it, the events are gone. When I open it up, it lists the size of records,but will not actually show them when I click on services and applications. I get an error message:
    __________________________________________________ ____________________________

    "Unable to complete the operation on Sytems/Application. If I click on System or Application. The Interface is Unknown."
    __________________________________________________ ____________________________

    I didn't right click refresh it or do anything to restart or clear the log. From help, I see a suggestion that if Windows XP stops, you can recover (but in this case you log the events and don't lose them) by doing this at the following key:

    1.. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlLs a
    2.. Delete and replace the CrashOnAuditFail value, using data type
    REG_DWORD and a value of 1.
    3. Reboot.

    Does anyone know how I can fix Event Viewer, preferably recover the events that are gone; but if not, get it functioning. Is there anything I can do to help by reregistering it in the run box?

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    Re: Event Viewer Broken (Win XP Pro)

    Have you tried "System Restore"?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Event Viewer Broken (Win XP Pro)

    To "fix" Event Viewer, delete corrupt Event Log files (.evt) in %windir%system32config folder. To do so, follow this:
    How to Delete Corrupt Event Viewer Log Files

    To attempt to recover past events, copy your evt files and try to open them as suggested below:
    Archiving Windows NT Event Logs

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    Re: Event Viewer Broken (Win XP Pro)

    It would ordinarily be one of the first things I'd say to this also. I'd also say that if you don't like the changes you can reverse the restore unless you do it in Safe Mode and I might try it. One problem, Dave, is this has been going on for about 10 days before I installed a new NSW. I've grown used to this with Norton--it had a number of errors on install and I had to go through a Raiders of the Lost Arc set of hoops to get it in because it didn't want to uninstall, and this is often the situation with NSW and NIS as well when components are missing or they aren't working. There are to be sure, special uninstall tools that work, but Im not sure they get every far flung remnant out. Symantec tells me developing this is unlike Games or Office, and they have to have so many reg keys/subkeys covered to look out for virus installations.


    The errors and components that wouldn't load are all discussed specifically in a group of my favorite docs, Norton KBs, each with a differential of several causes and remedies--many that don't work. While I'd be the first to say SR theoretically tracks programs, I'm not sure if it would track all the individual Norton files from the many folders they like to install to. I finally got all its components working perfectly.

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    Re: Event Viewer Broken (Win XP Pro)

    This looks promising Kaplinb. I'll check it out. As always thanks for this and a number of your other recent posts in different parts of the Lounge.

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    Re: Event Viewer Broken (Win XP Pro)

    "SR theoretically tracks programs" wrong.
    System Restore will NOT remove or fix any program except for ones that are part of the Windows OS. Now, if a program messes with a Windows file, that may be another issue.

    By the way, to date I have NOT had any problems with Norton's, but then I do NOT go in a just tweak for tweaking sake.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Event Viewer Broken (Win XP Pro)

    Dave,
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    but then I do NOT go in a just tweak for tweaking sake
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    Then you are missing half the fun? challenge? disaster? of messing with the OS. <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23> <img src=/S/nosleep.gif border=0 alt=nosleep width=27 height=15> <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Event Viewer Broken (Win XP Pro)

    I have NOT had to do any "System Restore" and besides if it ain't broke why fix it.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Event Viewer Broken (Win XP Pro)

    I didn't want you to get all bent out of shape about it.
    I suppose if you NEVER make any changes, you will NOT have to use SR or anything else on your system.
    I remember that I thought my old 8088 XT wasn't broke either.

    At any rate, enjoy what you have. Have one on me. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> <img src=/S/innocent.gif border=0 alt=innocent width=20 height=20>

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    Re: Event Viewer Broken (Win XP Pro)

    I agree with you, and have said so many times in the last year in the Lounge. See 312996 for example. I quoted Bobbie Harder's (MS SR Team) words in her MSDN write-up, and that confused you. What she meant in English and what I said: When on SR follows program files and changes, so that when deployed you don't lose your programs and changes. It does not make program or setting changes. Her use of track confused you. See:

    MSDN: Microsoft Windows XP System Restore by Bobbie Harder Microsoft Corporation

    I made no mention of tweaking for tweaking's sake in this thread in reference to Norton's. I tweak to make the OS better than the default because it's necessary to get it to do what I want it to do and it's fun. I said Norton wouldn't install fully and I said I followed their KBs to make the installation complete. I bought a new NSW--nothing to do with tweaking--this is AV protection. I loaded it and I got these 3 problems and I fixed them:

    Cannot start Norton AntiVirus 2003 after installation
    Auto-Protect does not load after installing Norton AntiVirus 2003 and then restarting the computer
    Auto-Protect is disabled after installing the Norton AntiVirus 2002 (and 2003) program update and then restarting

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    Re: Event Viewer Broken (Win XP Pro)

    Bob,
    No harm, I have spent way to much time cleaning up and rebuilding machines because the owner read about a tweak and <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0> their machine.
    True I run a lot of Beta software on one of machines and I have use "Restore" on it once. I keep reading and hearing about all these nice tweaks that will help make your machine run better, there seems to be one small "Oh" by the way you will mess this or that up, that is found out later.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Event Viewer Broken (Win XP Pro)

    For $116 bucks or with a free 45 day trial, you can put this virtual folder on your Beta machine (Virtual PC 2004), load one of your XPs on it, and tweak away with no harm done. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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