Open an archived event log

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To open an archived event log

  1. Open Event Viewer.

  2. On the Action menu, click Open Log File.

  3. Click the file you want to open. You may need to search for the drive or folder that contains the document.

  4. In Log type, select the type of log to be opened.

  5. In Display name, enter the name as you want it to appear in the console tree, and then click Open.


  • Performing this task does not require you to have administrative credentials. However, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the target computer to open the Security log, or any log when targeting a remote computer.

  • To open Event Viewer, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Event Viewer.

  • You can use Event Viewer to open an archived log in log-file format (.evt). If an archived log was saved in text (.txt) or comma-delimited (.csv) format, you can open the log using other programs, such as word processing or spreadsheet programs, but not Event Viewer.

  • To remove an archived log file from your system, delete the file in Windows Explorer.

  • For more information about event log settings, see "Understanding event logging options" in Related Topics.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Archive an event log
Event Viewer overview
Clear an event log