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On 03/31/10 Roy Lipscomb mentioned being able to see lots of internal "logs" in XP via eventvwr.msc

"Event Viewer" is one of the (sorry, but "usual") things in the tree of "manage your computer".

  • Others may not know of this... so here are the details.
    • "my computer" when right clicked, has an option for "manage".
      • -or- you can start / run / compmgmt.msc if you prefer that method

  • You were expecting more? no, it is that easy.
  • NOW, lets get into details.
    • Roy, thanks for writing, you say you have 7 classes of things.
    • I have 3 on my home machine, 4 on my IBM machine.
    • We all have Application / Security / and System.
    • My IBM Thinkpad has in addition: IBM (no msgs posted) .
    • In addition to appl/sec/sys what 4 others do YOU have, Roy? OR others - and remember this is a WIKI, you can EDIT IT

(Semi closed hand) - Related topic - ALL MSC thingies available in XP:

FURTHER poking on this topic (again, Thanks Roy for being the catalyst to it) if you look at \windows\sytem32\*.msc you (I) find:

Table of available MSC modules in XP
In CompMgmt?nameUse
=compmgmtComputer Management
YesdevmgmtDevice mgmt
Yesdfrgdisk defrag
YesdiskmgmtDisk mgmt
YeseventvwrEvent Viewer
-fsmgmtFolder Sharing
_gpeditGroup Policies
YeslusrmgrLocal users and groups
_ntmsmgrRemovable stg mgr (NT Mass Storage Mgr?)
-ntmsoprqRemovable stg Requests (!!) "Mount tape 395 on drive 23 please"
-perfmonOur beloved Perf Monitor (*)
-rsopResultant Set Of Policy (display)
-secpolSecurity Policy
YesservicesServices (GAD aren't there LOTS!?!?!)
-wmimgmtWindows Management Instrumentation (Whee!)
  • = embedded in "compmgmt.msc" aka right click my computer/G

Note that ALL of these are XML files that run under the "Windows Management Console" so to the novice user (as I have been) you will find that most of the menu items MAY deal with things you go "HUH?" over, like console trees, etc. The tree is the "tree" in the left column, similar to the "folder tree" in explorer if you choose to view it, and it may be turned off or on.

(*) Special comments on Perfmon - A joke on Ward.

Perfmon graphs your system over some period of time. CORRECTION, you may WANT it to graph over some period of time, but instead you update the graph at some rate (every second, every ... 3600 seconds, etc). SO I COUNTED how many slices it has by updating (^U) and seeing how many to "wrap". THEN I wrote a spreadsheet, giving time divided by that # to figure what seconds I needed. Want a 2-hr visible graph? Set it to 72 seconds, etc.

THEN I noticed this "funky time kind of thing that sometimes changed" in the lower right corner of the graph - AHA, THAT TELLS YOU how much time the entire chart / graph covers! hahahahaha... Let me put in 123 seconds and see... It says the graph will be 3 hours and 25 minutes. haha.

P.S. one of my BIGGEST uses for perfmon is to monitor my free memory when using virtual machines. Back when I had only 1G I had to not run too much, and I could keep track of problems by monitoring permon. NOW, with more memory, I have typically 1.5G FREE, and can do a lot of virtualization, but still run out if I go too crazy.

The other "neat use" (which no longer seems to work on my NEW thinkpad?) is to monitor battery capacity, particularly with the refresh interval set so high that the graph covers the hours of time your battery is likely to run. (say, 144 seconds = 4 hrs). THAT way your battery has a \ slope (well not THAT steep) that you can follow, instead of a -------______ gently dropping one that doesn't really tell you things.

THEN you can dink around with CPU performance, LCD brightness, etc etc, even priority of background tasks (for which "sysinternals process explorer is Wonderful) - (tho you can use the good old procmon mentioned above for that, too)

ALSO perfmon can run capturing to disk, and you can view later. Just neat, not sure why, maybe if you thought you'd miss something... but watch in that you have to say for HOW LONG, and it doesn't default to very long.

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