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We run some financial systems that log error messages to the system logs. I need to find out if we can clean these error messages from a PCI DSS point of view.

I am specificaly interested in the answer for:

  • Windows 2000 Server and
  • Windows 2003 SP1
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Ron, Windows 2000 reached end-of-life in 2010, and afaik a system running Windows 2000 cannot be considered PCI compliant. –  Lucky Luke Jul 19 '12 at 15:34
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The logs are stored in the %SystemRoot%\System32\Config directory with a .evt extension. Within the Computer Manager you can also export them to a .txt or .csv file.

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Many thanks Keith! –  Ron Tuffin Oct 1 '09 at 11:24
In case any future readers come here looking for the Windows Vista/7/Server2008 location, here it is: %SystemRoot%\system32\winevt\logs –  Skyhawk Jun 23 '10 at 18:56
@MilesErickson, thank you - from a future reader :) –  Moo-Juice Oct 14 '13 at 13:14
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