Working with the Windows Event Log

The various Windows operating systems (with the exception of Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows Millennium) provide a central repository that allows user-written applications (and the operating system itself) to record errors, warnings, and informational messages—referred to as events. This repository is called the event log. Windows provides three event logs: Application, System, and Security. The System event log is used by Windows system applications and other kernel mode programs, including device drivers. The Security event log stores entries relating to successful and unsuccessful log-on attempts, suspicious port scans, and other security and resource-related events. The Security event log restricts normal-mode ...

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