What time zone is being displayed here?

GMT? System time zone? What happens when I export the log and view it on a second machine. Does it use the first system's time zone or the second?


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All times displayed for event log events are computed as offsets to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). When you set the time on your system, you are setting the value for GMT. When you select your local time zone for the system, the appropriate number of hours are added or subtracted to the stored GMT value. This adjusted time is displayed. When "Automatically Adjust for Daylight Saving Time" is selected, an additional hour is added to GMT during daylight savings time.

If you are viewing another machine remotely across one or more time zones through Event Viewer, the times for events on the remote system appear relative to your local time. In other words, if you are viewing an event remotely that actually occurred at 8:00 PM Central Daylight Time, the time displayed for the event on your computer will be 6:00 PM when you view the event from the Pacific Daylight Time zone.

If you export the logs and view it on the 2nd machine, same...it will show as GMT relative to your time zone on that 2nd computer.

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    Thank you, this matches my experiments. An easier way to say it is: The events are shown displayed in whatever time zone the viewing computer is set to.
    – samecodes
    Apr 2, 2014 at 18:54

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