How to Access Windows Error Logs in Windows 10

This tutorial will explain how you can access the Windows Error Logs in Windows 10, to find security, application or system problems that are causing system issues. The logs can only be viewed by an user with Administrative rights. An other name for the Windows Error Logs is the Windows Event Viewer.

In this tutorial I will show you 3 ways of accessing the Windows Error Logs.

Method 1: Use the Power Menu

Using the Power Menu you can easily access the Windows Error Logs / Windows Event Viewer without going through the entire Control Panel, or using the Run command.

1. Right-click on the Windows icon in the taskbar, or if you have a touch enabled device, touch and hold it, a menu will pop-up.

2. Now choose Event Viewer

Windows Error Logs / Event Viewer in Windows 10
Windows Error Logs / Event Viewer in Windows 10

Method 2: Using the Run Command

Another way of accessing the Event Viewer is using the Run command.

1. Press the Windows + R button at the same time on your keyboard.

2. A Run Window should now appear, in this window type the following command eventvwr 

3. Click on OK.

Event Viewer should now appear.

Run event viewer / Windows Error Log
Run event viewer / Windows Error Log


Method 3: Using the Control Panel

The last method, and it’s really on here for your information, using method 1 you are a lot faster, then using this method.

1. Open the Control Panel

2. Click on System and Security

3. Click on Administrative Tools

4. Double-click on Event Viewer


I hope this tutorial helped you open the Windows Error Logs / Windows Event Viewer in Windows 10, using the Power Menu, Run Command or Using the Control Panel.

About the Author

2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Windows
Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.

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