Originally Posted by froller2
How to avoid looking at the event logs.
Spend two or three years working in computer operations reading application, system, user logs.
After millions of pages (yes, you have to read them on fanned computer paper) and finding only 7 real fixable errors, you'll learn that the logs are a good tool, but you will put off reading them until you've tried everything else.... or you can get someone else to read them.
They are logs, not alerts. There's one WMI 10 ERROR! that occurred every boot on Win7 SP1
MS put out a fixit that said "Sorry... our fault... not an error... this will stop it"
There are warnings - just warnings about system degradation - a situation that occurs on every machine. Windows takes note and then corrective action. But the event is written and it looks like "OMG system degradation... how do I fix it!" In most cases, there's nothing to do, in a few cases, you might have to change your system configuration so you don't have so many services or startups using resources. But ... in most cases Windows handles it.
Reading logs and events is a skill - you have to learn what is important and what isn't. Until you develop the skill and confidence you're probably better off not ever looking there unless a technical person asks to see certain events.
Win8 is great at maintenance - Vista started the trend and Win7 improved it (self healing, updating software and drivers). The thing is, with all of that, there are more logs written.
You're not the only one who panics over the event logs. Lots of people do.
Hope that helps a little bit.