The Event Viewer lets you read three logs maintained by Windows 2000:
Application Log, which tracks events in connection with programs.
Security Log, which is a list of security events.
System Log, which records events generated by the operating system.
None of these logs are of any interest whatsoever—unless you're trying to troubleshoot mysterious problems. These logs track extremely long lists of "events," usually without significance to the average person. Figure 17-7 shows the Event Viewer displaying a System Log with many errors and warnings that may sound dire, but often have no discernible effect on your computer.
Figure 17-7. You can double-click any entry in a log to see the event's properties. Most of the errors recorded here are transitory conditions that would otherwise be forgot-ten. But this would be one place to research a chronic and mysterious problem with a program or a print-er, for example.
If you find an error or warning, double-click it and read its description, which may include suggestions for resolving the error. If the description isn't very helpful (and they often aren't), connect to the Internet and search Microsoft's Knowledge Base (at http://search.support.microsoft.com ), using the event number listed.
You can also get to Event Viewer through Computer Management, which appears when you right-click My Computer and choose Manage from the ...