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Windows 7: Looking for Event Viewer - Advertised steps producing empty folders

1 Week Ago   #1
Salmon42

British Columbia
 
 
Looking for Event Viewer - Advertised steps producing empty folders

I'm trying to find my Event Viewer, on a Windows 7 OS. Seems easy enough, and it seems to start out OK, but it doesn't take me to Event Viewer and I just end up looking at an empty Administrative Tools folder.

Go to Start Menu - that goes OK
Point to Programs - I actually have to Right Click. That gives me a drop down - but that lets me proceed.
Point to Administrative Tools...

I actually have to do several steps before I get to that. I have to Right Click "Open" then it puts me at a folder called "Administrative Tools".
The instructions say "Point to" Administrative Tools and then click Event Viewer. This is where things go off track.

I have to Click Administrative Tools, then it gives me an empty folder. No Event Viewer in sight.

Tried searching my system for the file. Can't find it.




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1 Week Ago   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Salmon, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can also open Event Viewer by typing eventvwr.msc in the Run (Win+R) command dialog.

Event Viewer - Open and Use in Windows 7

If you like, you can use the tutorial below to restore any missing default shortcuts in your "Administrative Tools" folder.

Administrative Tools - Restore Shortcuts
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1 Week Ago   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Maybe I'm not understanding. This is what I do.

1. Start Orb
2. Type Event. Normally when I type Ev, Event View is at the top.
3. Tick on Event Viewer and it opens.
4. You can right tick on Event Viewer at the top and it should give you many choices.

I keep Event Viewer in the program section using the Start Orb.
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1 Week Ago   #4
Salmon42

British Columbia
 
 

Thank you, Folks, for responding so quickly! I'll take a look at those suggestions and see how they go.
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1 Week Ago   #5
XweAponX

Windows 7 (My Idea)
 
 

Don't know why your Administrative Tools are showing blank, right clock on the Orb, choose Properties, then go Start Menu (middle tab) then "Customise" and at the bottom there is an entry to show or hide Admin tools.

Or, just right clock on My Computer and choose "manage" and you can get to the Event Viewer from there.
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1 Week Ago   #6
Salmon42

British Columbia
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
Don't know why your Administrative Tools are showing blank, right clock on the Orb, choose Properties, then go Start Menu (middle tab) then "Customise" and at the bottom there is an entry to show or hide Admin tools.

Or, just right clock on My Computer and choose "manage" and you can get to the Event Viewer from there.
Thanks. Tried that first of all these suggestions. It was, indeed, clicked to not show, so I clicked the button to have things show and set that. Still, nothing showing in the Administrative Tools folder. I'm going to go try the other things while I figure that out.
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1 Week Ago   #7
Salmon42

British Columbia
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Maybe I'm not understanding. This is what I do.

1. Start Orb
2. Type Event. Normally when I type Ev, Event View is at the top.
3. Tick on Event Viewer and it opens.
4. You can right tick on Event Viewer at the top and it should give you many choices.

I keep Event Viewer in the program section using the Start Orb.
Thank you. This one brought up my Event Viewer & all its choices.
Now I just have to figure out where it's been storing my logs.

I'll see what I can learn from Brink's suggestions.

I've recently gotten divorced and my ex was an IT guy. He did a lot of jiggering with my computer, not always, I am now realizing, to my benefit.
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1 Week Ago   #8
XweAponX

Windows 7 (My Idea)
 
 

He might have deleted the logs if they got full, although you are prompted to backup the logs. Look for for files ending in evtx, those are saved logs. They are not all saved in the same file, each section has it's own evtx files when they are backed up, you want to look for system.evtx or applications.evtx, and those might have different names depending on how ne named the backups.
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1 Week Ago   #9
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

In that case id opt for a factory reset or clean install.
Back up your private data, re-install after.

Roy
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1 Week Ago   #10
Salmon42

British Columbia
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
He might have deleted the logs if they got full, although you are prompted to backup the logs. Look for for files ending in evtx, those are saved logs. They are not all saved in the same file, each section has it's own evtx files when they are backed up, you want to look for system.evtx or applications.evtx, and those might have different names depending on how ne named the backups.
Thankl you, that's very helpful.
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