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Event Viewer: fixing an 'event log is full' error

Windows XP

Windows XP doesn’t automatically overwrite events less than 7 days old from the event log, so when it’s full, most applications that try and write to the event log will error and break.

To fix, you can:

a). change the event logs to overwrite old events (preferred)
b). increase max size of log files
c). clear the log file

To open an event view log dialog property box:

1. open event view by:

Start > Run... > eventvwr


Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Event Viewer

2. right-click on one of the Event Logs in the list, and choose Properties from the menu


Eg: Application event log: properties dialog box

win-clear event viewer log


Note: if Application or System event logs grow very quickly with error messages, you should look into the root cause by carefully examining the entries in the application or system logs.

Created on: Friday, July 22, 2011 by Andrew Sin