Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Using Event Viewer
my driver fiasco, I had an index of 4.711. As you can see, your reliability rating
can drop very quickly if you have multiple major errors, such as a blue screen.
When you notice that your System Stability Index goes down, you are going
to want to know why, so that you can ix the problem and get the performance
of your system back in line. The System Stability Report is perfect for
understanding exactly what happened.
With your mouse, select a time period on the System Stability Chart in which
your score dropped significantly. Depending on the information, warning, or
error icons in the grid for the specific day, you will know what sections of the
report you should expand to see the details of what happened. Figure 12-10
shows a red error icon in the Application Failures grid item on the selected day.
This tells you to expand the Application Failures section of the report to see the
details. After expanding the section, you see which application failed and how it
failed. Similarly, if this were a hardware failure, you would see the component
type, device name, and why it failed. If it were a Windows or miscellaneous
failure, you would see the failure type and details of what happened.
Reading the System Stability Report is a quick and easy way to see what
exactly is going on. Next, you use the new Event Viewer in Windows 8 to get
even more detailed information about the state of the computer.
Using Event Viewer
Event Viewer in Windows 8 is a centralized source for reading all the system’s
various log files. When a component such as the Windows Firewall service has
an error, notification, or a warning, you can view it in Event Viewer. When a
third-party application causes your computer to crash, you can also find details
about the event in Event Viewer. Even when any user logs on to your computer,
you can find the details of the event in Event Viewer. As you can see, Event
Viewer is the ultimate source to find out what is happening and what has
happened to your computer.
How can Event Viewer help with increasing the performance of your computer?
Event Viewer enables you to identify hardware and software failures that you
may not even know have been occurring. If you want to increase the performance
of your computer, you need to ix any problems first. Skipping ahead without
fixing the problems is similar to tweaking your car engine for speed but not
fixing the lat tires. Even if you increase the performance of other components
of your computer, any errors or failures can offset any improvements in speed.
Using Event Viewer is very easy, but requires an account with administrative
privileges to run. To start Event Viewer, open the Start screen, type Eventvwr.
msc , and then press Enter.
After Event Viewer shows up on-screen, you see the Overview and Summary
screen, as shown in Figure 12-11. The Summary Of Administrative Events section