Event Log (Eventlog) Service Defaults in Windows XP

Enables event log messages issued by Windows-based programs and components to be viewed in Event Viewer. This service cannot be stopped.

Default Settings

Startup type: Automatic
Display name:Event Log
Service name:Eventlog
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Group:Event log
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Eventlog

Default Behavior

Event Log is a Win32 service. In Windows XP it is starting automatically along with the operating system. Then the Event Log service is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of services.exe. Other services and drivers are allowed to run in the same process. If the Event Log fails to start, the technical information about the error is added to the Event Log. Windows XP startup should proceed, but a message box should be displayed informing the user that the Eventlog service has failed to start.


The Windows Management Instrumentation depends on the Event Log service.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Event Log

1. Run the Command Prompt.

2. Copy the commands below, paste them into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config Eventlog start= auto
sc start Eventlog

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The Eventlog service is using the services.exe file that is located in the C:\Windows\system32 directory. If the file is removed or corrupted, read this article to restore its original version from Windows XP installation media.