What is the Purpose of the Application Event Log?

by Barry Dysert
(last updated May 22, 2017)

There are several types of event logs maintained by the Windows operating system. One of these is the Application event log. This log is used to record events written by applications and services. The applications may be commercial applications, like SQL Server or Exchange, or they may be custom applications that you've developed yourself. The events written to the Application event log can run the gamut from application startup events to shutdown events to "heartbeat" events to run-time error events. The same holds true for events written by Windows services.

Like events written to other event logs, some of the important elements written to the Application log include the date and time when the event occurred, the event ID, and the event source. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Partial display of the Application event log.

Events can be viewed by using the Event Viewer. By default they are presented in reverse chronological order (i.e., the most recent event is on top). You can, however, sort the events by any of the event columns by clicking the column header.

 This tip (12886) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

MORE FROM BARRY

Moving Your Downloads Folder

If you're on the Internet a lot, chances are you do a lot of downloading. By default, your Downloads folder is on your C: ...

Discover More

Moving the Music Folder

The Music folder is one of several system libraries created in Windows by default. This library is specifically optimized ...

Discover More

Understanding XPS Documents

XPS Documents have been around for several years and are now making their way into the native Windows environment. They ...

Discover More
More WindowsTips

What is the Purpose of the Forwarded Events Event Log?

The Forwarded Events event log collects events that have been forwarded from other computers. In this way you can login ...

Discover More

Deleting Events in Your Event Logs

You don't need to worry about event logs filling up your disk, but you still may want to clean them out eventually. This ...

Discover More

Creating a Custom View in the Event Viewer

Creating a custom view in the Event Viewer allows you quick access to those events you're interested in watching over ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is seven minus 2?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.