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I need to retrieve the event logs from an XP embedded machine which doesn't have the Event Viewer, to an XP pro machine with the Event Viewer and then view the logs.

Whenever I move an event log it seems to become corrupted and I get the message "Unable to complete the operation on SysEvent.evt. The event log file is corrupted." when I try to open it in Event Viewer.

This happens even when the logs are from the same machine, and copied to the same folder as the rest of the logs, i.e.

 command line -> cd C:\Windows\system32\config -> copy SysEvent.evt SysEvent2.evt

The original log opens without a hitch. I also tried following this guide http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315417&sd=tech but I believe this should only be neccessary if you're moving the event log to an unprotected folder.

Either way I am unable to open any log file once I have copied and pasted it.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Bill.

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Open the Event Log with a remote Event Viewer. Save to local machine. Open locally saved copy.

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I have also faced the similar problem earlier uninstall hotfix if you are using it with your Database server or check services.msc services working properly or not !

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This is a site for professionals, so it would be nice if you could skip u and ur. Also, this answer doesn't even make sense. –  MDMarra Nov 23 '12 at 5:33
    
"I need to retrieve the event logs from an XP embedded machine which doesn't have the EventViewer " does it make sense that a XP machine doesn't have EventViewer !!!!!!!!!! –  duplesis Nov 23 '12 at 6:45
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If you feel you absolutely must end a sentence with an exclamation mark please just just one. There is never a need for more than one. You're amongst adults now and we expect to to behave accordingly. –  John Gardeniers Nov 23 '12 at 8:32
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Being a professional site I think we should focus on the problem which is being discussed rather to teach professional & writing etiquette to anyone –  duplesis Nov 23 '12 at 12:46
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