Event Viewer Logs - question

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Lisa - NH, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. Lisa - NH

    Lisa - NH Guest

    I went into the Event Viewer today to clear out my logs. Usually I just go
    under Windows Logs and clear them out. I decided to go through everything
    under Applications and Services Logs. There was a lot there.

    I never pay any attention to these logs. I don't use them at all. I did
    look through them before clearing and most of what I saw was just information
    and I didn't really know what most of it was talking about anyway. A lot of
    the times it says there's an error, I never noticed any problems. Then there
    are times when I know there's a problem and it doesn't show anything.

    The question is, is there a way to stop all these logs from being created in
    the first place? Or is the program just a necessary evil that I will keep
    ignoring? I hate using resources for things that I don't see a need to be
    running.
    Lisa
     
    Lisa - NH, Jul 23, 2008
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  2. Lisa - NH

    Nonny Guest

    You will one day be glad they are running if you have a problem.

    The resources they use are MINIMAL.
     
    Nonny, Jul 23, 2008
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  3. Lisa - NH

    Lisa - NH Guest

    I doubt it. I never used the logs when I ran XP.......or Vista on my old
    computer. I have had some small problems and the logs don't help me at all.
    If I have a problem and I can't fix it, I try system restore (which I haven't
    had to do on this computer). I always figure if I have a bad enough of a
    software related problem that it's time to format & start over again. I used
    to do it about once a year with XP. Any hardware problems, we just buy new
    hardware if not covered under warranty.
    Lisa
     
    Lisa - NH, Jul 23, 2008
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  4. Lisa - NH

    Nonny Guest

    To ease your mind on the resources being used, the logs are here:

    Windows\System32\winevt\logs
     
    Nonny, Jul 23, 2008
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  5. Lisa - NH

    Nonny Guest

    Looks as if the largest any log will get is 1MB.
     
    Nonny, Jul 23, 2008
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  6. Lisa - NH

    Mark H Guest

    Not exactly.
    Some idiot errors that have no impact on computer functionality log
    themselves in several times a second and can make these logs grow to
    gargantuan size. When Vista first came out, I actually had to disable
    monitoring of a non-existent drive to keep my 160 GB hard drive from filling
    up every 24 hours. But, since no one else is complaining, it was obviously a
    fluke, very rare and fixed with some update.
     
    Mark H, Jul 24, 2008
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  7. Lisa - NH

    Lisa - NH Guest

    Thanks for the location. Right now there's hardly anything there as I
    cleared them yesterday.
    Lisa
     
    Lisa - NH, Jul 24, 2008
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  8. Lisa - NH

    Lisa - NH Guest

    Just had one of those moments and realized I was looking in a different
    folder. I just looked again and there are 55 files right now and they are
    all 68.0 kb. I'll look at them again after some time passes.

    I'm not really concerned about the space they take up. I was more concerned
    about whatever process is running in the background all the time to create
    these logs that I never pay any attention to.
    Lisa
     
    Lisa - NH, Jul 24, 2008
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  9. Lisa - NH

    Nonny Guest

    Look at Services then, and see what you can do without. They take
    more resources than the creation of simple log files.

    http://www.blackviper.com/WinVista/servicecfg.htm

    Invaluable.

    I have only 54 out of a possible 139 services running (129 being
    native to Windows Home Basic - the other 10 are for software I
    installed).
     
    Nonny, Jul 24, 2008
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  10. Lisa - NH

    Lisa - NH Guest

    Thanks for reminding me about that site. I had used it in the past with XP
    and I had used it on my old computer when I upgraded it to Vista. I haven't
    done much with the services since I got this computer.
    Lisa
     
    Lisa - NH, Jul 25, 2008
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