EVT File Extension

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Windows Event Viewer Log Format
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What is EVT file?

Full format name of files that use EVT extension is Windows Event Viewer Log Format. Windows Event Viewer Log Format specification was created by Microsoft. EVT files are supported by software applications available for devices running Windows. Files with EVT extension are categorized as System Files files. The System Files subset comprises 302 various file formats. Users are advised to use Microsoft Event Viewer software for managing EVT files, although 4 other programs can also handle this type of file. Software named Microsoft Event Viewer was created by Microsoft Corporation. In order to find more detailed information on the software and EVT files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support EVT file extension

Programs that can handle EVT files are as follows. Files with EVT suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support EVT file

How to open file with EVT extension?

Problems with accessing EVT may be due to various reasons. What is important, all common issues related to files with EVT extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Install Microsoft Event Viewer software

Problems with opening and working with EVT files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with EVT files being present on your machine. This one is an easy one. Select Microsoft Event Viewer or one of the recommended programs (for example, Microsoft Winrep, Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Log Parser) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Microsoft Event Viewer website and download the installer.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Microsoft Event Viewer

If you already have Microsoft Event Viewer installed on your systems and EVT files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. This can be one of the causes why EVT files are not compatible with Microsoft Event Viewer. The most recent version of Microsoft Event Viewer is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign Microsoft Event Viewer to EVT files

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate EVT files with latest version of Microsoft Event Viewer you have installed on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the EVT file
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where Microsoft Event Viewer is installed, check the Always use this app to open EVT files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • Right-click the EVT file and select Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with EVT extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Verify that the EVT is not faulty

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the EVT file is valid. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

1. Check the EVT file for viruses or malware

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the EVT file hinders attempts to open it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. EVT file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Verify that the EVT file’s structure is intact

If the EVT file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. It could happen the the download process of file with EVT extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Windows Event Viewer Log Format file again.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Microsoft Event Viewer

If the systems has insufficient resources to open EVT files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Windows Event Viewer Log Format file. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with EVT files affecting older versions of given software.

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