EVTX is a system file that contains information exported from Windows Event Viewer application (sometimes referred to simply as event log). EVXT files can only be created by Event Viewer program. EVTX format was introduced in Windows 7 as a replacement for EVT files. Both file types are supported on modern Windows systems. EVTX files store only the informations that user selected for exporting. Imported EVXT log files can then be viewed using dedicated tools.
Windows logs all events pertaining to given machines and applications that run on it. Events are further divided into 4 groups, each having a dedicated journal file:
All journal except for security journal further group entries into 3 types:
Each entry is given an unique ID, a time stamp, information about the source of the event, time of occurrence, and a short description. The description may not display properly if the source application is not installed on the machine were logs are being read. System administrators rarely required users to send the EVTX or EVT files for troubleshooting, as they have direct access to the registry of user’s machine.
Programs that can handle EVTX files are as follows. Files with EVTX extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.
There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening EVTX files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Windows 7 Event Log Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.
The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports EVTX files installed on the system. This one is an easy one. Select Microsoft Event Viewer or one of the recommended programs (for example, Microsoft Windows 8, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 7) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading Microsoft Event Viewer installed is by going to developer’s website (Microsoft Corporation) and downloading the software using provided links.
You still cannot access EVTX files although Microsoft Event Viewer is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. If you have an older version of Microsoft Event Viewer installed, it may not support EVTX format. The most recent version of Microsoft Event Viewer is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.
After installing Microsoft Event Viewer (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open EVTX files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent
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If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the EVTX file in question. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.
Should it happed that the EVTX is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. EVTX file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.
If you obtained the problematic EVTX file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. When downloading the file with EVTX extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.
Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Windows 7 Event Log Format file again.
The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support EVTX files. Close all running programs and try opening the EVTX file.
Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Windows 7 Event Log Format files. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with EVTX files affecting older versions of given software.
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