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File formats for archived logs

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

File formats for archived logs

When you archive an event log, you save it in one of three file formats:

  • Log-file format (.evt), which enables you to view the archived log again in Event Viewer.

  • Text-file format (.txt), which enables you to use the information in a program such as a word processing program. You cannot use Event Viewer to open a log file saved in .txt format.

  • Comma-delimited text-file format (.csv), which enables you to use the information in a program such as a spreadsheet or a flat-file database. You cannot use Event Viewer to open a log file saved in .csv format.

The event description is saved in all archived logs. The data within each individual event record is recorded in the following order:

  1. Date

  2. Time

  3. Source

  4. Type

  5. Category

  6. Event

  7. User

  8. Computer

  9. Description

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