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Create Custom Views for Easy Diagnosis in Windows 7

By Codrut Nistor

Posted in How-to, Windows-7

When it comes to troubleshooting or diagnosing Windows errors most administrators rely on Event Viewer utility provided by the operating system. Although Event Viewer was also available in legacy versions of operating systems however the updated version offered by Windows 7 has many sophisticated features which allow administrators to locate required logs easily. A great help in this regard is a feature named Custom Views which allows administrators to define the types of logs that they might be interested in. This feature becomes quite handy because administrators need not to go through the bulk of logs to find their required information. Instead they can locate filtered logs with the help of Custom Views which contains the precise information which are defined to be displayed in them by the administrators. As an administrator if you want to create Custom Views you are required to follow the steps given below:

  1. Logon to Windows 7 computer with the account that has administrative rights.

  2. Click on Start button and from the menu right click on Computer.

  3. From the context menu click on Manage and from the opened Computer Management snap-in expand Event Viewer.

  4. Right click on Custom Views and click on Create Custom View.

  5. On the opened box make sure that you are on Filtertab and configure the fields and check boxes as required.

  6. Click on Ok button to save the changes.

  7. On Save Filter to Custom View box specify the name of the Custom View and click on Ok button to create.

Note: You can now locate the logs by expanding Custom Views and clicking on the newly created custom view from the left pane.