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Insider Power Techniques for Microsoft® Windows® XP by Austin Wilson, Scott Andersen, Geoff Winslow, Paul McFedries

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Step 10—Review Event Viewer Logs

Windows XP constantly monitors your system for unusual or noteworthy occurrences. It might be a service that doesn’t start, the installation of a device, or an application error. These occurrences are called events, and Windows XP tracks them in three different event logs:

  • Application. This log stores events related to applications, including Windows XP programs and third-party applications.

  • Security. This log stores events related to system security, including logons, user accounts, and user privileges. Note that this log doesn’t record anything until you turn on Windows XP’s security auditing features. You do this by opening the Group Policy Editor and selecting Computer Configuration, Windows Settings, Local Policies, ...

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