Computer Error Messages and Resolutions
This section show those errors posted by programmes into the computer's log files. These errors often require manual attention to rectify. On an NT( NT4/2000/XP/2003/...) type computer there are Application, Security and System log files. There may also be additional logs, such as Directory Service. These files can grow quite large and frequently the same errors repeat at regular intervals.
Application Error Logs
Event logs are special files that record significant events on your computer, such as when a user logs on to the computer or when a program encounters an error. Whenever these types of events occur, Windows records the event in an event log that you can read by using Event Viewer. Advanced users might find the details in event logs helpful when troubleshooting problems with Windows and other programs.
A maximum of 5000 entries are read in the event log to discover those that are errors. These entries are reported in reverse chronological order with duplicates being ignored. Purging these logs necessarily means that no errors can be reported. Requires Windows® NT4 or above. Accessing the security log may require special privileges depending on the security policy in effect.