Start Event Viewer
Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Vista
The Event Viewer is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in. You can start Event Viewer by adding the snap-in to MMC or by double-clicking the snap-in file, Eventvwr.msc, which is located in the %SYSTEMROOT%\system32 folder. In addition, Event Viewer can be started from the Windows interface or the command line by using the following procedures.
To start Event Viewer by using the Windows interface
Click the Start button.
Click Control Panel .
Click System and Maintenance .
Click Administrative Tools .
Double-click Event Viewer .
To start Event Viewer by using a command line
Open a command prompt. To open a command prompt, click Start , click All Programs , click Accessories and then click Command Prompt .
Type eventvwr .
The eventvwr.exe command-line tool supports options that determine the computer the snap-in will connect to and the event logs it will display. When connecting to a computer running a previous version of Windows, the tool can be used to start the snap-in and connect to the remote computer, but the additional command-line options are ignored.
To display additional help for the eventvwr command-line tool, type the following command at a command prompt: eventvwr /?