How to Find the Log of Windows XP Error Messages

by Lyan Uaha
John Kirkbride

Windows XP logs all the significant events on the system. Logs files are categorized into three types: application, security and system, and contain information about the computer hardware, software and security events. You can use log files to identify and rectify various problems on your computer. They can also help you predict potential system problems.

Step 1

Click "Start" and then click "Control Panel."

Step 2

Double-click the "Administrative Tools" icon in the control panel.

Step 3

Double-click the "Event Viewer" icon.

Click a category below "Event Viewer (Local)" on the left pane of the Event Viewer window. Error messages will be displayed in red on the right pane.


  • "Microsoft Windows XP Inside Out, Second Edition;" Ed Bott, Carl Siechert and Craig Stinson; 2004

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  • John Kirkbride

About the Author

Based in Honolulu City, Lyan Uaha has been writing business and computer-related articles since 2007. He has been writing online instructional pieces since 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Kent State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Akron, Ohio.

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