Event Viewer is a built-in application by Windows which allows you to check the log files of all the applications that execute on Windows. It is broadly categorized into Custom, Windows, Application, and Services, and lastly, Subscriptions logs. If your error message includes that the service is not available on the computer, then follow our detailed guide on you can run it, but if you do not see the Event Viewer in the Search, then follow this guide.
Event Viewer is missing in Windows 11/10
Follow these methods to figure out why Event Viewer is not available on your computer.
- Search for Event Viewer
- Run System File Checker & DISM
- Repair Windows Installation
- Try Windows Event Viewer Plus.
Make sure to use an account with admin permissions to resolve this.
1] Search for Event Viewer
eventvwr.exe is the program that launches the Event Viewer. It is available under the folder at C:\Windows\System32. If you can find it there via Taskbar Search, then the problem is with the search index. Go to this folder and pin it to your Start.
2] Run System File Checker & DISM
SFC or System File Checker is a Windows program that can find and replaces corrupt files. You will need to run the
sfc /scannow in an elevated command prompt, and let it do what it is supposed to do.
If the SFC can’t fix it, you may want to repair the Windows System Image. Event Viewer is a system file that is not easy to go missing. However, if someone has deleted it on purpose, it is best to repair the current Windows system image using the DISM Tool.
The easiest way to go with it using the FixWin tool which we have developed. It comes with a straightforward button on the welcome page, which can easily repair Windows System Image and copy anything missing in the system.
3] Repair Windows installation
If SFC and DISM do not help, you may need to to Repair Windows using the Installation Media.
4] Try Windows Event Viewer Plus
You may also want to check out our freeware Windows Event Viewer Plus. It lets you view Event Logs faster than the default in-built Windows Event Viewer and export the Entry to a text file, select the Web Search Button to look up the entry online, and find out more information troubleshoot errors. You can use this to connect to a remote computer and need admin permission to access the full feature.
TIP: Read this post if the Event Viewer logs are missing.
We hope you were able to resolve the issue related to the Event Viewer.